Arguably the biggest virtual reality (VR) related announcement of the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last month was the reveal of Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR). This new initiative, spearheaded by hardware group Razer, brings together a wide range of VR developers, software, hardware and head-mounted displays (HMD) in order to create an accessible platform for content creation. At the time a long list of partners were announced, including the likes of Borderlands developer Gearbox Software. Today sees OSVR reveal some new additions to its group.
Among the list of new arrivals is Tammeka Games, the UK-based developer currently working on sci-fi racer Radial-G for the Oculus Rift HMD as well as VR Bits, the indie team currently creating space simulation title Darkfield. There’s also Jaunt, the cinematic VR company behind the likes of The Hobbit VR Experience and more. Cyberith, the team currently working on the Virtualizer omni-directional treadmill is also in. Other additions include SoftKinetic, Lucidscape, Impulsonic, Strafe, Sonic VR, VR Union, Tactical Haptics, VisiSonics and 3D Rudder.
One of the most intriguing aspects of OSVR is the group’s very own HMD, the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit. The tech retains the open-source nature of the initiative, as it’s free for anyone to download the schematics and make their own version should they have the necessary materials. For everyone else, the kit will be releasing in June 2015 for $199.99 USD. The kit uses a 5.5-inch, 1080p, 60Hz display that offers a field of view (FOV) of 100 degrees. It isn’t intended for consumer use so much as an accessible VR HMD that will help for cross-platform development and more.
VRFocus will continue to follow OSVR in the future, reporting back with any further updates from the group.