Best Accessories for HTC Vive in 2018

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 quite a few worthwhile accessories on the market. I've rounded up here a collection of our favorites.

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Vive Tracker

The Vive Tracker (about $100) 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. Don't forget to check out TrackStraps (about $40) that help attach Trackers to just about anything.

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Vive Deluxe Audio Strap

The Vive Deluxe Audio Strap (about $100) was 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.

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TPCast wireless adapter

The TPCast wireless adapter upgrade kit (about $300) can essentially free you from the need of a wired connection between your PC and Vive. A battery and receiver clip onto the headset, a transmitter connects to your PC, and you're good to go. Performance is hardly affected, providing a premier VR experience without the threat of tripping over a cable.

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HTC Vive prescription lens inserts

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 likely be paying over $100 for these depending on the options at checkout, they're a great way to enjoy virtual reality without the hassle of glasses inside a headset.

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VR Cover foam replacement

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. A two-pack here costs about $30.

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Leap Motion

If you're looking for an accessory to truly change your HTC Vive experience, Leap Motion (about $90) 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 and BigScreen have already begun to take advantage of its offerings.

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Hyperkin Polygon Protector bag

If you're planning to take your HTC Vive on the go, Hyperkin's carrying case (about $80) 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. The package includes case, foam inserts, and an adjustable shoulder strap.

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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 well over $100 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 about $15 and $20 respectively.

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Impact heavy duty light stand

If you don't want to drill holes in your walls for the Vive's lighthouses, investing in this Impact light stand (about $54) and tripod ballhead mount (sold separately) is a great idea. The stands' 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. If you're working with a large space, you can attach casters to the bottom and wheel your lighthouses around as necessary.

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AmazonBasics microfiber cleaning cloths

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 (about $12) 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.

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More resources

HTC Vive troubleshooting guide

Updated July 12, 2018: I've refreshed this roundup with some new options to ensure you're still getting the best Vive accessories out there.

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