What is OSVR (Open Source Virtual Reality)?


Virtual reality headsets are also trending, and there are already few VR device recently announced from different companies and one of these is the OSVR (Open Source Virtual Reality) Hacker Dev Kit by Razer.

OSVR is a development system meant to get VR on all kinds of hardware. That means that headset makers, gesture control manufacturers, and gaming companies will help each other and will be building on the platform that Razer has created.

It’s not an operating system, but Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan refers to it as the “Android of virtual reality,” an open-source software platform that encompasses multiple game engines, head-mounted displays, and control schemes.

As of now, there is a growing number of game developers and entertainment companies who are experimenting with this new technology, and they’re trying to do their best to extend their work across headsets.

The OSVR Hacker Dev Kit from Razer is a new head-mounted 5.5″ FHD display with 1920 x 1080 screen with a 100-degree FoV (field of view) and features an HMD module with an accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass.

A limited test run has rolled out, especially those who attended the 2015 CES in Las Vegas where everyone is lining up to try out this latest technology. It will be released publicly at the Game Developers Conference in March. The Hacker Dev kit ships in June 2015 for under $200.

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