This year’s E3 event in Los Angeles, California has focused more on software than hardware for VR. Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has two new demos for its Project Morpheus PlayStation 4 headset while Oculus VR has announced two new videogames of its Oculus Rift headset, but neither has any updated headsets on show. But the even isn’t completely devoid of new hardware; Cmoar Ltd. has just revealed its own Personal Viewer, supporting VR features.
The Cmoar Personal Viewer is another headset that incorporates a user’s smartphone to use as a display for VR apps. That said, it does set itself apart with a few unique features. The headset comes with three different lenses that each offer a certain type of viewing experience. One is 2D, another is 3D and the final set is for a VR and augmented reality (AR) effect. The company claims that the latter set offers a field of view (FOV) of 95 degrees and features ‘precise head tracking’ as well as ‘innovative’ controls’ for videogames.
Crucially, Cmoar claims that a wide range of phones can fit into the Personal Viewer, including handsets that going back ‘a few years’ right up to recently-released smartphones such as the LG G3. The device is set to arrive with its own suite of software to highlight its uses. This includes a VR skiing title aimed at kids as well as two different zombie-based videogames for an older market.
The company is planning to launch a Kickstarter campaign for the device in the near future. There backers can secure a prototype of the device which could arrive as soon as January 2015. The full release is aiming for a price of £160 GBP or $269 USD. The headset is currently on display at booth #2862 in the South Hall for interested E3 attendees. Does the company have a contender to the likes of the Altergaze and Duvios Dive on its hands? VRFocus will continue to follow its progress and report back with all the latest.