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VirtualLink: Connecting next-gen VR headsets to PCs and other devices

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The VirtualLink is an open industry standard that has been launched by NVIDIA, Oculus, Valve, AMD, and Microsoft enabling VR headsets to connect with PCs using a single, high-bandwidth USB Type-C™ connector, instead of a range of cords and connectors.

VirtualLink 1.0 connectivity standard for VR was developed by a group of leading silicon, software, and headset manufacturers. It enables next-generation VR headsets to connect with a PC or other device using a single, high-bandwidth USB Type-C connector.

The new USB-C connector simplifies and speeds up VR setup time bringing remarkable VR experiences among the smaller devices by means of fewer ports, such as thin and light notebooks.

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In deliverance of next-generation VR as promised, is needed to increase their display resolution and incorporate high-bandwidth cameras for tracking and augmented reality. VirtualLink, when connected with VR headsets, will bring upon an astounding experience with four high-speed HBR3 DisplayPort lanes, which are scalable for future needs; a USB3.1 data channel for supporting high-resolution cameras and sensors; and up to 27 watts of power.

We hope to see the results of this partnership boost the user experience and extend the possibilities for all developers and hardware manufacturers,- Pierre-Loup Griffais of Valve.

The new connectivity is purposively built for VR. It hopes to enable the PCs and the headsets to deliver incredible VR experiences for its users.

Source: NVIDIA

VirtualLink: Connecting next-gen VR headsets to PCs and other devices