It has been revealed that GameFace Labs will unveil the next version of its wireless virtual reality (VR) headset at this year’s E3 running from 10th – 12th in Los Angeles, California. The new prototype will be dubbed Mark 5, succeeding the Mark 4 version which added a 2.5K display to the device, as shown off at the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (VR) Conference & Expo earlier this week.
Road to VR reports that the next version of the kit will include a design overhaul, built-in camera, custom lenses (as opposed to those borrowed from the Oculus Rift in previous prototypes) and a range of ports including HDMI and micro-USB. It will also be the first version of the device to incorporate Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip, which allows for powerful performance likened to that of the last generation of videogame consoles if not moreso.
According to the site the front-facing depth camera could potentially be used to sense user’s hands, which sounds similar to the camera that Oculus VR is currently working on. The HDMI-out should allow players to use the headset as a standard Android videogame console too, hooking up to a display just like the Ouya system. It can also be used to show the same image on TV and in-headset at the same time, just like the PlayStation 4’s Project Morpheus headset can.
Some renders of the new design for the prototype can be seen below. It’s not clear if this will be the final design before a consumer release. VRFocus will continue to follow the headset’s progress and report back with all the latest updates.