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Wireless VR

DisplayLink Wireless VR

Technology Overview

DisplayLink XR has been developed specifically to deliver a wireless connection between the VR Head Mounted Display (HMD) and gaming PC or console, without compromising on video quality, latency, or frame rate compared to a wired solution.

This is a big challenge since the video data rate on first generation VR HMDs is already four times greater than that of a high definition TV and too much for any wireless link without compression. However, most standard compression systems such as MPEG create a delay in the video stream, and if the end-to-end latency through the system (which includes sensing head movement, generating all the pixels in the next frame in the VR scene, and streaming the video) moves beyond about 20ms, the user will start to feel motion sickness.

DisplayLink XR matches our unique approach to video compression with deep technical partnerships with leading wireless networking companies.  Despite the high video data rates demanded by VR applications, DisplayLink's compression system can maintain the resolution, quality, and frame rate of the VR video stream but with no discernible increase in latency compared to a direct connected display. This is even true when fast head movement might cause the radio link to momentarily fade.

DisplayLink XR builds on over a decade’s experience developing products where users needed to connect a computer, smartphone or tablet to a display across a standard wired or wireless connection such as USB, Ethernet, WiFi or WiGig. Its latest DL-6000 range of chipsets supports dual 4Kp60 displays with latency that is indiscernible from a direct connected display, while maintaining very high image quality, even in fast-moving scenes.

DisplayLink's customised DL-8020 chip supports 4K resolution VR displays, enabling VR headsets with up to 4 megapixels per eye resolution, driven from a single DL-8020. (First-generation VR HMDs such as Vive and Rift support 1.3 megapixels per eye at 90 frames per second.) Combining massive video bandwidth, very low latency, and a highly integrated single chip solution, the DL-8020 is ideally suited to Gen 1, Gen 2, and Gen 3 VR applications.

DisplayLink Wireless VR

See DisplayLink wireless VR in action.

DisplayLink Experience

DisplayLink has more than ten years' experience developing networked display solutions for interactive applications where low latency is a must. We're also familiar with wireless display solutions using many different types of wireless networking technology.

DisplayLink Wireless VR

In 2017 at CES we were pleased to showcase the industry's first multi-platform, high resolution, low latency wireless display solution specifically targeted at the VR head mounted display market. Specific features of the DisplayLink solution are:

Feature Specification
High Resolution Supports up to 24 Gbps total video throughput via single or dual video ports. This includes current Gen 1 headsets (2160 x 1200) 90 fps as well as future 4K panels (3840x2160) and features high dynamic range (HDR) for Gen 2 and Gen 3 products
Excellent Quality No visible motion or compression artefacts
Low Latency Typically sub frame of 3-5 ms in a normal radio environment such as a domestic living room, meeting room, or conference booth
Wireless 60 GHz radio with beam-steering active antenna
Battery Powered 2-hour operation from standard pack (head or belt mounted)
Standard Interfaces - HDMI or DisplayPort for forward video path
- USB2/USB3 for camera and sensor back channel