News of Samsung’s rumoured smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head mounted display (HMD) is expected to hit in early September 2014, but it appears as if tech rival LG has beaten the company to the punch somewhat. Vortex VR has announced the VTRX, a lightweight VR HMD designed specifically for the new LG G3 Quad HGD smartphone, created in partnership with GameFace Labs and 3D-printing company 3D Systems.
VRTX is a 3D printed HMD posting a 100 degree field of view (FOV). The crucial part of the announcement is the compatibility with the LG G3, which boasts a 5.5-inch 2.5K display, similar to that which can currently be found in the GameFace Labs’ own wireless Android-based VR HMD, GameFace. Though it’s currently not clear just about compatible the HMD will be with other VR apps, this pits its resolution above that of the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2) and Project Morpheus, both of which are currently at 1080p.
“This is the mobile VR experience everyone has been waiting for, and with our technology partners, GameFace Labs and 3D Systems, we have been able to rapidly bring to market a mobile case and device with technology that has been developed to best leverage the Android OS, along with the powerhouse of hardware within the LG G3,” Vortex VR CEO David Hines said, “This is our inaugural product and we will be following up with products and services that will cover the entire ecosystem and value chain in the coming months. Our ecosystem will include a focus on an open and scalable Android based platform to enable content developers to directly engage with the largest base of consumers, clients and partners in the VR community.”
VRTX is set to go on sale tomorrow, 30th September. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR HMDs, reporting back with the latest.