Earlier in the week a group of tech companies including the likes of Razer and Sensics announced Open-Source Virtual Reality (VR) a new ecosystem designed to help making virtual reality (VR) development more accessible across hardware, head-mounted displays (HMD) and creation tools. A number of videogame developers were announced as supporters of the ecosystem, including Borderlands team Gearbox Software. The developer is yet to announced its own VR videogame but, according to Razer, is ‘actively looking’ at OSVR.
Chris Mitchell, the company’s Product Marketing Manager, confirmed as much to VRFocus during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA this week. When asked if Gearbox Software was actively working in VR Mitchell replied: “Well I guess that’s for them to tell. Gearbox Software will make their own announcement in that space.”
“They are actively looking at OSVR,” he continued. “They’ve evaluated the technologies and what they’re going to be doing with it you’ll see once they announce.”
If Gearbox Software is indeed working in VR then it would be one of the first high-profile videogame developers to be doing so. Exactly what the developer could be working on is anyone’s guess, although it is currently developing co-op first-person shooter (FPS) Battleborn for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The list of other developers supporting OSVR also includes Untold Games, the Loading Human developer that is currently showcasing its own demo developed within the ecosystem at CES. Bully Entertainment and Dying Light developer TechLand are also listed. One of the most intriguing aspects of OSVR is its Hacker Dev kit, a new HMD that can either be downloaded and assembled for those with access to the necessary materials or pre-ordered for release in June 2015 at $199.
VRFocus will continue to follow this story closely, providing any further updates.