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New PC VR HMD Visus Opens Pre-Orders

This week brings the reveal of another new virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) looking to hit the market before the likes of the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus launch. Visus from VisusVR is another HMD that uses modern smartphones as a display, although doesn’t use the given phone for the actual VR experiences. Instead, Visus claims to be a PC VR HMD by streaming videogames from the player’s computer to the phone’s screen.

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It’s a concept similar to the Cmoar Smartphone Viewer that was revealed earlier in 2014, although Visus has a few features to call its own. Namely the HMD features on-board head-tracking using a custom-fit air mouse that replicates mouse movements as the user moves their head. The company claims this is an ‘ultra low latency’ solution, which is essentially to preventing the likes of simulator sickness that other companies are still working hard to combat. It’s also a wireless device, connecting to PCs via a USB dongle.

Visus relies on Tridef’s side-by-side 3D software to create its 3D effect. Two images are shown next to each other on a PC monitor. Once this is streamed to the HMD, in which one image is shown per eye, a 3D effect is created. The company even recommends using the Splashtop app for streaming content to the user’s smartphone over Wifi. The HMD is said to fit any size smartphone and work with any operating system (OS). It even includes an ‘anti-fog’ system that features a dedicated fan and slots for air for that lenses remain clear.

One of the more crucial factors of Visus is its price. Pre-orders, which started this week, are currently available for $99 USD, with the retail price expected to start at $149. The company hopes to start shipping the first units in December 2014. VRFocus will continue to follow Visus as it moves towards release, keeping you up to date with any further developments.