Undoubtedly one of the biggest stories in the world of virtual reality (VR) in 2015 so far is the announcement of Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR). Revealed in January and headed up by videogame technology company Razer, this unique ecosystem is designed to make VR development easier and more accessible by supporting a range of engines, inputs, head-mounted displays (HMD) and more. A handful of announcements about OSVR have been made since its reveal, but it appears that Razer will have more to share at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this week.
That is according to Bloomberg, which notes that Razer ‘plans a virtual-reality announcement this week’. Specifics for the announcement were not mentioned. This could range from anything to new OSVR partners to an update on the ecosystem’s own VR developer HMD, the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit. The latter is set to be put on sale in June 2015 for $199 USD, allowing developers easy access to an HMD. So far Razer hasn’t announced any intentions to create its own consumer VR HMD, but with so many other kits coming to GDC it’s certainly possible.
So far the list of companies supporting OSVR include HMD makers such as Vrvana and GameFace, hardware manufacturers like Sixense, LeapMotion and Virtuix and software developers such as Gearbox Software, Tammeka Games and Techland. It’s certainly possible that OSVR will be expanding that list this week with new developers and more. It would certainly be interesting to see some of the newly-announced HMDs such as HTC and Valve’s Vive pledge support for the ecosystem going forward.
VRFocus is at GDC this week in San Francisco, California, USA to deliver all of the latest updates on OSVR and all other VR companies and technology. Expect plenty of announcements, hands-on impressions and interviews as the week progresses.