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ANTVR Launches Kickstarter for Headset & All-In-One Controller

ANTVR has launched its Kickstarter campaign for its All-In-One Virtual Reality (VR) Kit, featuring its very own VR headset and a multipurpose controller. The project is looking to raise $200,000 USD before 23rd June 2014 in order to fund development of the kit, which is being made in Beijing, China. The company claims that the kit will work with a range of platforms including PC, Xbox and PlayStation consoles as well as the Android platform and Blu-ray players.

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The ANTVR headset features a full HD screen that projects images using an aspherical lens to deliver them in standard ratio. It also boasts 360 degrees of control and a 100 degree field of view (FOV), with the option to adjust the lenses for distance between pupils. The developer claims that the device will have enough space for glasses and even allow users to open a ‘window’ at the bottom of the device to allow them to see below them with the headset on.

Arguably the most intriguing addition to the kit is its all-in-one controller that can adapt to suit almost any style of videogame. The controller can be used in the shape of a motion-tracking gun for use with first-person shooters (FPS), but can also be changed into a joystick perhaps for controlling vehicles, a handle for using a sword and even opens up to reveal buttons for a more traditional controller which can double as a steering wheel.

The kit is also capable of tracking the position of the user’s body, allowing players to map navigation controls to simple gestures such as putting one foot forward to move forward in-game, and even jumping and crouching.

The device will come in two versions; one wired and another, more expensive wireless version that the developer claims will have latency of less than 1 millisecond. A simple pack strapped to the user allows them to hold extra batteries for the controller and even doubles as a carry bag. The company has also said that it will distribute software development kits (SDKs) for those interested incorporating the tech into their software.

The first 100 people to pledge $270 to the campaign will secure an order for the beta version of the wired kit, which hopes to ship in September 2014. After those 100 are gone the price rises to $300. The first 100 to pledge $470 will secure a wireless version, rising to $500 after those slots are used up. There are 10 of both wired and wireless early development kits available for $1,500 and $2,500 respectively. Backer rewards end at $5,000 for 3 people to visit the company’s studio in Beijing.

The company hopes to enter pre-production in July 2014, moving to mass production in August. VRFocus will continue to follow ANTVR’s development and report back with all the latest updates.