It’s just under a week into the Kickstarter campaign for Vrvana’s Totem virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) now and things seem to be progressing smoothly. The company has raised over a third of its $350,000 CAD goal and has been busying itself trying to promote the campaign across the internet in order to further raise funds. Towards the end of last week the company hosted an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, where it faced some tough questions from the VR community about how the device stacks up to the more popular VR HMD, the Oculus Rift.
Many VR enthusiasts grilled Vrvana about the technical specs of its Totem, which aims to support PC, Mac, Linux just like the Oculus Rift, but also PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Predictably, one of the most common questions pitted against the company as what it offered that the Oculus Rift didn’t. Aside from the wider compatibility, Vrvana argued its corner mentioning Totem’s full 360 degree head-tracking, which Oculus VR itself confirmed for the new Crescent Bay prototype this past weekend. Crucially, however, Vrvana stated that it believed “There is enough place [sic] on the market for more than 2 gaming VR headset.”
Of course Vrvana will certainly hope that statement rings true come the release of these HMDs, with not just Oculus VR but also Sony Computer Entertainment and its Project Morpheus PlayStation 4 HMD to compete against as well as Samung’s Gear VR smartphone-based HMD. That said should the company pass its Kickstarter campaign then it will have already reduced much of the potential risk of going into market against these three.
Those interested in the Totem can currently back $495 CAD to secure a developer version of the device, which is expected to arrive in April 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow the Totem going forward, reporting back with any further updates on its development.