VR giants unveil VirtualLink_ so you can connect VR headsets with a single cable - News - Digital Arts

VRnbsp;headsets will measureise on a new natural connector measure_ known as VirtualLink_ that will be designed almost the existing USB-C interface.

A consortium of the VR activity bigwigs_ including Nvidia_ Oculus_ Valve_ AMD_ and Microsoft_ have backed the interface. Notable exceptions appear to be Sony_ whose PlayStation VR wasnt listed among the promoter companies_ and Intel_ which has backed the Thunderbolt specification. Companies that wish to join the consortium can do so at VirtualLink.org_ which for right now resolves to a Google Sites address.

Details of the VirtualLink spec itself werent without useful_ though the limb companies said that the spec will support four high-speed HBR3 DisplayPort lanes_ which are scalable for forthcoming needs; a USB 3.1 data channel for supporting high-resolution cameras and sensors; and up to 27 watts of faculty. Its not without clear what bandwidth the cable will support_ or how scalable it will allow VR headsets to be. Anandtech_ however_ did the math and concluded that the spec allows for 4K @ 120Hz with 8 bits per hue.

What the limb companies did say_ however_ was that the cable would prepare a measureized solution for VR cabling_ which has used transmitted HDMI show and USB cables. It also prepares another kick to USB-C_ which is quickly replacing the transmitted USB-A cabling. ldquo;Simulating verity demands surpassing visual fealty and processing faculty_rdquo; said Jason Paul_ Nvidias general director of gaming and VR_ in a statement. ldquo;With a one_ high-bandwidth cable_ VirtualLink unlocks the full possible of the PC to faculty astounding VR experiences.rdquo;

Think of this as a VR call to arms. Supposedly VirtualLink will debut in "next-generation" VR devices_ but its not clear precisely when that will be. But when it does_ make sure to squint: We already have "measure" USB-C ports as well as ones that support the new Thunderbolt spec_ each typically labeled with a little icon. Will VirtualLink add a third?

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