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Roam freely and wirelessly with a standalone headset. Or play visually stunning games on PC VR. These either-or decisions when purchasing
are becoming a thing of the past with the advent of PC streaming.
Not too long ago, standalone VR users had to compromise.
Wireless PC streaming has forever altered the standalone headset experience, delivering the best of both worlds – untethered freedom and graphics processing oomph. Today, let's spend some time on this rarely talked about but significant innovation.
What is PC streaming?
PC streaming, or PC VR streaming, refers to the technology of processing VR applications on a computer and then streaming the visuals to a headset via USB or Wi-Fi interfaces. It is also known as game streaming since immersive gameplay, an extremely graphics-heavy function, is one of the primary reasons this technology exists.
A standalone or all-in-one VR headset has a processor, battery, memory, storage, and tracking capability built in, meaning it doesn't have to be connected to a computer or base stations. Hence, the names of this hardware category.
The benefits are twofold: simplified setup right out of the box and cable-less portability. Users are no longer constrained by the location of their computers and tracking setup.
There is, however, one drawback. Since everything needs to fit inside a single device that prioritizes portability, the headset's weight, size, comfort, and ventilation must take precedence over graphics performance.
Standalone VR headsets don't provide top-end processing power, meaning they can't handle graphics-intensive applications like game titles such as Half-Life: Alyx , After the Fall , or Beat Saber .
PC streaming, in particular wireless streaming, resolves this issue, granting standalone VR headsets graphics capability comparable to that of a PC VR system .
How does wireless PC streaming work?
In layperson's terms, what happens during PC streaming is that the computer processes VR applications and encodes the data, which is then transmitted to the headset to be decoded and played back for users' viewing pleasure.
The streaming process requires a few simple hardware and software components:
Possibly the best and most versatile VR headset.
Unveiled recently at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2023,
the VIVE XR Elite epitomizes the next generation of standalone VR headsets
Industry pundits have called it the best and most versatile
VR headset in the market.
The VIVE XR Elite is high-performing, all-in-one, and transforms into a pair of lightweight immersive glasses when the detachable battery is removed. Additionally, with the PC streaming software, VIVE Streaming, the VIVE XR Elite delivers the power of PC VR as well.
Via VIVE Streaming , users can connect the headset to a PC via either USB or Wi-Fi to play popular games and execute graphically demanding functions previously only possible on PC VR systems. Here are just a few of the feature’s highlights:
Start streaming in no time.
The VIVE XR Elite is ready to unlock more immersive titles in a few simple steps. Check out this
and learn about the system requirements.
Focus on what matters most.
VIVE Streaming supports foveated image enhancement, concentrating graphics processing power on bringing out the finer details at the center of your field of vision.
Optimized resolution and refresh rate, always.
Depending on the wireless network environment, VIVE Streaming automatically and intelligently adjusts the data bit rate to ensure smooth streaming and optimal resolution.
Unlike conventional standalone headsets that are limited by their graphics capabilities, the VIVE XR Elite , with VIVE Streaming , elevates the all-in-one VR experience. Get a boost in computing power to handle high-octane VR gaming and access a broader range of immersive experiences. Wireless freedom and high-end graphics are no longer mutually exclusive.