New VR connector announced.

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  1. Atmos

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    A consortium representing many of VR’s most prominent players—NVIDIA, AMD, Valve, Oculus, and Microsoft—have backed a new connector standard called VirtualLink which the companies say was “developed to meet the connectivity requirements of current and next-generation virtual reality (VR) headsets.”

    VR's Biggest Players Back New 'VirtualLink' Connector for Next-gen Headsets
     
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    is this the new connector the next geforce is coming with?

    if so seems like good incentive for me to hold off getting a 10 series card.
     
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    Yea looks like it. I don't want to buy another GFX card! I only got my 1080ti six months ago :-( Its meant to last me years!
     
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    I think it’s too late for the Pimax 8k to take advantage of it anyway.

    The Vive Pro already upgraded to a single cable but maybe not to this standard.

    Hmmm there must be a certain amount of backward compatibility otherwise new HMD aren’t going to work on old cards.
     
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    isn't it just another connector on the gfx card like hdmi and dvi. There will no doubt be adapters for it. Most cards have at least two hdmi and a dvi ports so we should be fine for a while.
     
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    Surely the current Thunderbolt 3/USB-C interface is able to handle all VR requirements?
     
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    Comparing specs Thunderbolt 3 supplies 15w to devices while Virtualink does 27w.
     
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    I'm pretty sure Thunderbolt and USB-C (at least the 3.1 variant) would need active cables at the lengths we're talking about. I also doubt a single Thunderbolt 3 would be able to drive two 4K panels natively at 90Hz (USB-C/3.1, definitely not), so that makes using it on so-called "next-gen" HMDs out of the question.

    This interface will certainly be better than having to have two DP cables running to your HMD (which Pimax is doing I think for the 8X?)
     

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