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The VirtualLink is dead?

The VirtualLink is dead?

Announced as the revolutionary solution for connecting your VR headset, the VirtualLink port is the result of a collaboration between AMD, NVIDIA, Microsoft, Oculus, Valve and HTC. With the launch of the new RTX 3080/3090 and 3070, the port is no longer present on the chameleon’s new cards.

Even if we have never seen an AMD GPU with this connector, we could find it on the last generation RTX 20xx of Nvidia. On the VR headphone manufacturers side, only StarVR and XTAL were using it, while the most popular manufacturers were using conventional USB or USB Type-C. Last year, Valve had also dealt a blow to the standard by stating that it had not been widely adopted by manufacturers, reason enough for it too to refuse to commit.

Yet this VirtualLink port was an excellent idea to help VR development. With only one port, you could power the glasses in addition to transmitting the video image, whereas until then you had to deal with a USB 3.0 port for power and an HDMI video output .

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The problem with VirualLink: 27W minimum to shoot on the GPU!

The main interest of VirtualLink on the RTX 20xx was to offer 27W of power to power the headset directly from the GPU. For the new Ampere generation, maintaining this port meant an increase in TDP for Nvidia. A situation impossible to envisage considering the explosion of TDP/TGP of the new cards.

Nvidia has undoubtedly dealt the final blow. Barely two years after its birth, this promising standard based on a USB-C connector is now abandoned …

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