Whether you're looking for a way to mount your HTC Vive's Lighthouses without drilling a bunch of holes into your living room walls, or you're just looking for a way to keep your VR equipment organized, there are more and more accessories to help you get the most out of your experience. Here are a few of our favorites.
Official HTC Vive accessories
- Vive Tracker
- Vive Deluxe Audio Strap
- HTC Vive 3-in-1 cable
- USB Extension Cable
- Nose Rest - 3 Pack
- Hardware Replacements
Unofficial HTC Vive accessories
- TPCast wireless upgrade kit
- Leap Motion
- Prescription HTC Vive lenses
- HTC Vive Face Cushion Replacement (6mm)
- Hyperkin silicone skins
- Hyperkin Polygon Protector Bag
- Abonnyc tripod ballhead mount
- Impact heavy duty light stand
- Task Tools Quick Support Rod
- 3M Scotch Mounting Tape
- Laboratory 424 wall clip organizer - 4 Pack
- AmazonBasics Microfiber cleaning cloth - 24 Pack
The Vive Tracker is an external sensor for the HTC Vive, which can be tracked within a virtual space. Although its use is loosely defined by Valve, the mounting pin the underside means the Vive Tracker can be mounted to a huge range of objects for use in VR. This essentially transforms any real-world object into a VR accessory, all tracked via a single universal device. The Vive Tracker launches worldwide later this year, priced at $99.
Vive Deluxe Audio Strap
The Vive Deluxe Audio Strap is one of the first major accessories to come from HTC, providing an all-in-one head strap and audio solution. Rather than the fabric straps included in the box, the Deluxe Audio Strap offers a hard-sided head mount and improved cable management. On-ear headphones are also built into the strap, like the Oculus Rift. The Vive Deluxe Audio Strap is available now, priced at $99.
HTC Vive 3-in-1 cable
Although the HTC Vive 3-in-1 cable comes included with an HTC Vive, early adopters of the headset may be interested in the revised version. While the original cable was comprised of three separate cables bonded together, this version streamlines these into a single casing. This makes for a much thinner and less obstructive solution, which can also prove to be more durable over time. The revised 3-in-1 cable is currently available for purchase from both HTC and Amazon.
USB Extension Cable
One of the lesser known features of the HTC Vive is its in-built USB port located on top of the headset. Not outlined by a majority of HTC's tutorials, the integrated USB port allows for additional accessories to be directly hooked up to the headset.
Nearly any USB cable will fit inside the port, but HTC's official extension cable adds a few extra inches of room to work with. Priced at $10, the cable complements third-party peripherals such as the Leap Motion controller and other upcoming external devices.
Nose Rest - 3 Pack
The HTC Vive comes with a single nose rest already attached to the headset, leaving many unbeknown to the various sizes available. By default, the headset comes with the 'Narrow' variant of the nose rest attached, which fits a majority of users. If light manages to peak under the headset, a wider nose pad can be purchased.
Both wide nose rests and narrow nose rest replacements are available on HTC's website, in a pack of three. Priced a $12.99, the pack contains three of a single size.
With each of the HTC Vive's components operating independently from the headset, damaged and faulty accessories can be easily replaced without the purchase of the whole HTC Vive package. Eventually someone is bound to make that dreaded mistake, but replacements can be easily obtained thanks to some recent additions to the HTC store.
Almost all of the components found in the original package can be purchased from HTC, including new controllers, base stations, and cabling.
TPCast wireless upgrade kit
The TPCast wireless upgrade kit is a product of the ViveX Accelerator program, which aids third parties in the creation of Vive related technologies. Created by TPCast closely alongside HTC, the wireless upgrade kit offers an entirely tetherless virtual reality experience. With a wireless receiver and battery hooked up to the headset, you'll be free to roam any VR space. Although the upgrade kit still isn't available to purchase, we can expect a worldwide release in the coming months.
If you're looking for an accessory to truly change your HTC Vive experience, Leap Motion is a product to consider. Using a narrow range of near-infrared light, the controller has the ability to accurately track you hands – adding a whole new layer of immersion to your VR journeys. Presented in the form of a single streamlined bar, the Leap Motion mounts to the front of the HTC Vive headset. This will then provide accurate tracking of your hands, provided they're visible to the controller.
Although only a small subset of existing games support Leap Motion, popular social experiences such as AltspaceVR have already begun to take advantage of its offerings.
Prescription HTC Vive lenses
Due to the modular nature of the HTC Vive, those without perfect vision can install prescription lenses as an additional accessory. Companies are now emerging with custom made lenses, which can be attached on top of the stock lenses that ship alongside the headset. One firm, VR Lens Lab, creates lenses to order based on your prescription, with an added blue light filter to remove blue light form the outputted image. Although you'll be paying over $100 for these, they're a great way to enjoy virtual reality without the hassle of glasses inside a headset.
HTC Vive Face Cushion Replacement (6mm) - 2 Pack
Out of the box, the HTC Vive ships with two face cushions of different sizes. Although these are comfortable at first, the soft foam manages to collect a fair share of dirt and sweat over time.
While HTC does sell its own replacements, VR Cover offers arguably superior version of these face cushions. Padded with thinner foam and lined with PU leather, these are not only a more hygienic alternative but also increase the headset's potential field of vision. These replacement pads ship in a pack of two, priced at $29.90.
Hyperkin silicone skins
Most people end up bumping their HTC Vive controllers against the wall, no matter how clear the chaperone ends up being. With each of these controllers coming in at $129.99 per piece, protecting them will be a great investment in the long term.
Hyperkin's purpose-made skins for the HTC Vive add an extra layer of protection, while also coating them with a personal flair. Made out of a thick silicone, the skins should help prevent any surface-level damage, including bumps and scratches. Skins are available for both the HMD and controllers, priced at $14.99 and $19.99 respectively.
Hyperkin Polygon Protector Bag
If you're planning to take your HTC Vive on the go, Hyperkin's carrying case is a perfect companion for the trip. Designed specifically to hold a VR headset and any related accessories, the case is a great way to keep your VR setup protected in a single location. The bag is also kitted out with modular foam dividers, making it configurable to the items you're looking to carry.
Hyperkin's Polygon Protector Bag is available for $70, which includes the case, foam inserts, and an adjustable shoulder strap.
Abonnyc tripod ballhead mount
If you don't want to drill holes in the walls, the perfect solution for mounting the Lighthouses in your HTC Vive setup is to use a tripod mount paired with a light stand. Abonnyc's tripod ballhead mount is ideal for this purpose.
It's constructed with an aluminum alloy for strength and durability and has a quarter-inch thread — standard for most cameras and an included option for the Vive's Lighthouses.
Impact heavy duty light stand
You'll need light stands tall enough to get the Lighthouses high enough off the ground so that they can "see" each other as well as the headset itself. Impact's heavy-duty light stands accomplish this with some additional benefits. Use this light stand with a tripod ballhead mount so that you can position the Lighthouses as directed by HTC.
Their maximum height is 9 feet, 6 inches — plenty of room to spare above HTC's recommended height of 6.5 feet, and they're air-cushioned too, so that you can freely adjust them while the Lighthouses are mounted.
You can attach casters to the bottom, which is great for moving the Lighthouses around.
Task Tools Quick Support Rod
Another solution for people who don't want to drill holes in the walls is to use a vertical tension rod with a clip-on adapter are like the Smallrig Cool Ballhead Arm.
The Task Tools Quick Support Rod is expandable to 9 feet, giving you plenty of leeway beyond the 6.5 feet recommended by HTC. It's easy to use too — just press a button to unlock it, slide the pole to your desired height, and click to lock it in place. From there, you can make adjustments by turning the rod counter-clockwise.
Simply mount the Lighthouse on the adapter and then clip it on the rod. Set the rod up were you want it and you're done. No holes in the walls necessary.
3M Scotch Mounting Tape
If space is limited or you just don't want to worry about anyone tripping over extra equipment in your VR-room, there is another option for mounting your Lighthouses without drilling any holes: permanent mounting tape.
3M Scotch Mounting tape is a strong double-sided foam tape that can hold up to 2 pounds. It will stick to services that are clean, smooth, and dry — this includes most walls and wood surfaces.
To make sure the Lighthouses are mounted securely, be sure to use enough tape for a strong hold; that is, use an inch of tape for every pound of weight.
Laboratory 424 wall clip organizer - 4 Pack
Keep your VR-room neat and organized with this wall clip set from Laboratory 424.
They have two positions and four points that can be adjusted — even the Vive's oddly shaped controllers will fit! Mount them on any vertical surface — it doesn't matter, these clips will fasten just about anywhere.
If you're worried about scratching up your controllers as you pull them out, it's not a problem — the clips have rubber bumpers to prevent this from happening.
AmazonBasics Microfiber cleaning cloth - 24 Pack
For cleaning your HTC Vive components, microfiber cloths are great because they are soft, super-absorbent, and don't leave nasty streaks behind.
This set from AmazonBasics is a good pick because of the value it gives you. You get 24 cloths, which you can reuse again and again to keep your HTC Vive looking great.
How about you?
Do you have any awesome accessory ideas for the HTC Vive? Shout out in the comments and let us know!
Updated September 25, 2017 We've added the custom made prescription lenses from VR Lens Lab and updated pricing for all these accessories!
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