Notebookcheck

VirtualLink will combine USB, HDMI, and power all in one cable to make VR more accessible

USB Type-C could soon support VR with new VirtualLink standard (Source Globenewswire)
USB Type-C could soon support VR with new VirtualLink standard (Source Globenewswire)
A single USB Type-C port may be all that's needed for a PC VR experience. VirtualLink 1.0 will define a new 'Alternate Mode' standard over the familiar USB port to hopefully reduce cable clutter associated with popular virtual reality headsets.

One major obstacle to the proliferation of VR gaming is the amount of cables necessary when connecting to a PC. Several individual ports are needed including USB, HDMI, and power just to get the experience started. In response, major OEMs have joined forces to create one overlying standard moving forward that will combine all the above into a single port.

Called the VirtualLink consortium, the group was founded by AMD, Nvidia, Microsoft, Valve, and Oculus in an attempt to utilize USB Type-C for VR. Products labeled as "VirtualLink 1.0"-compatible will have at least one USB Type-C port that can offer video and data bandwidth at up to 32.4 Gbps and 10 Gbps, respectively, similar to DisplayPort over USB Type-C. The port must also be able to deliver 15 W to 27 W of power to the connected headset.

The standard should make compatibility easy for most laptops where DisplayPort over USB Type-C is already common. Future desktop graphics cards, such as the yet-to-be-released MSI GTX 1080 Ti shown below, could also ship with VirtualLink 1.0 USB Type-C ports.

What about OEMs who are not a part of the VirtualLink consortium? It remains to be seen if key VR players like HTC or Sony will jump in on the standard or continue to create their own proprietary methods. Wireless solutions, for example, could potentially make VirtualLink obsolete.

Working For Notebookcheck

Are you a techie who knows how to write? Then join our Team! Indian citizens welcome!

Currently wanted: 
News and Editorial Editor - Details here

MSI GPU with USB Type-C for VR
MSI GPU with USB Type-C for VR

Source(s)

Read all 2 comments / answer
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2018 07 > VirtualLink will combine USB, HDMI, and power all in one cable to make VR more accessible
Allen Ngo, 2018-07-22 (Update: 2018-07-22)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.