Razer, the billion-dollar gaming PC and peripheral maker, has announced a big move into the virtual reality space with the announcement of OSVR Hacker Dev Kit here at CES. The HDK VR headset release date and price is planned to be June, 2015 for $199.
Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan accompanied the announcement with a statement:“Gaming is moving towards the virtual reality platform and this poses huge benefits and challenges to gamers at every level. OSVR brings game developers, gamers and hardware manufacturers together to solve those challenges and make virtual reality gaming a reality for the masses.”
OSVR Hacker Dev Kit specifications include a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 screen, an integrated accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a compass. Any software developed for the Unity 3D or Unreal 4 Engine will run on OSVR hardware and across all other VR devices that support these tools, including the Oculus Rift DK2. The unit’s control box will have a USB 3.0 port for accessories while the headset itself will contain two USB 3.0 connections for internal growth.
Both the software and hardware design will be open source for any person to experiment with their headsets. Razer is making the a schematic diagram and 3D files available to download so you can literally make your own with enough patience by sourcing components and 3D printing parts. Around two dozen companies are apparently supporting the idea.
“Everything about this product is going to be open source,” Sensics CEO Yuval Boger] who said that work started on this project some 18 months ago, said. “You could make your own if you wanted to or you can hack it—we’re inviting people to hack it. If you just want the optics or you just want the board, you can go ahead. It’s designed to make it easy for the hacker.”
Compared to Oculus Rift DK2, the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit is $150 cheaper but has a refresh rate of 60 frames per second rather than the slightly smoother 75 frames per second offered by the former.