A group of industry leaders, alongside with Razer, a leader in connected devices and software for gamers, and Sensics™, a leader in high-performance VR, today announced the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem, a new standard in VR gaming to push that very experience forward. Razer will support the venture with the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit, a virtual reality device and open-source software that enables programming for any variety of VR technology.
OSVR provides both hardware and software support at every level of virtual reality gaming. Starting with some of the most popular game engines, including Unity and Unreal Engine 4, OSVR also works with device plugins from hardware market leaders like Bosch and Razer and the latest from Sixense and LeapMotion. Moreover, OSVR is designed to support all VR devices, including the Oculus DK 2 and Vrvana’s Totem headset.
Engineering teams from all over the world developed a standardized interface for virtual reality gaming. The open platform will allow third parties to design and build their own apps and hardware across any operating systems, including Windows, Android and Linux.
“Gaming is moving towards the virtual reality platform and this poses huge benefits and challenges to gamers at every level,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “OSVR brings game developers, gamers and hardware manufacturers together to solve those challenges and make virtual reality gaming a reality for the masses.”
Says Sensics CEO Yuval Boger: “OSVR’s open-platform approach accelerates innovation and provides consumers the freedom of choosing the best combination of hardware and software components. We are excited to partner with Razer and other industry leaders to build OSVR together.”
In line with the OSVR vision, the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit hardware design is both affordable and open source to encourage developers to take advantage of the program. To make software development even easier, the OSVR HDK includes high-quality, low-distortion optics that practically eliminate the need for color and distortion correction, thus minimizing the amount of additional development work required for OSVR compared to other VR devices. Anyone can download 3D files and create their own set of VR-Glasses. For more information on how that works, visit the official OSVR website.
“The OGA is committed to an open ecosystem for the gaming industry, and is pleased to support the efforts of the OSVR,” said Drew Johnston, president of the Open Gaming Alliance. “A free, open source VR development solution supporting multiple headset manufacturers, diverse game engines, and multiple platforms is exactly what game developers and publishers need to accelerate VR gaming adoption.”
OSVR Product features:
· Sensor hub with integrated accelerometer, Gyroscope and compass
· External USB 3.0 connection for additional accessories
· Additional 2x USB 3.0 connections for internal expansion
· Powerful FPGA to enable maximum hacking customization
· 5.5 in. FHD Display with flat cables and display board interface for interchangeable panels
· 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution with 60 fps and 401 ppi
· Additional Display board allows for interchangeable displays
· Near-Eye-display system with Dual-element aspheric optics for excellent image quality and low distortion throughout the image
· Panoramic Field Of View 100° diagonal (90°H x 90°V)
· Independent adjustment for inter Pupillary Distance (IPD) and Diopter for use without glasses and maximum comfort
HMD Mechanical Module
· Removable face mask
· Bamboo charcoal microfiber foam layer for additional comfort
Belt Box Module
· Additional USB 3.0 connectivity
· Surround Sound Audio codec integrated
· Easier cable management and ergonomics
· Signal boosters
For more information visit the OSR Hacker Dev Kit site,
Preview demos of OSVR and the Hacker Dev Kit will be shown at CES at the following locations:
– Razer, South Hall 3 at Booth #31132
– Hillcrest, Renaissance Hotel in Suite #1130
Nod Labs is demonstrating natural 3D interaction in OSVR with the Nod gesture control ring and Skeletal tracking. Schedule your visit to meet the Nod team.
Leap Motion is also showcasing the future of truly immersive virtual reality experiences with OSVR and the original input device – your bare hands.
OSVR™ is an ecosystem designed from the ground up to set an open standard for Virtual Reality input devices, games and output with the sole goal of providing the best possible game experience in the Virtual Reality space. Supported by Industry Leaders and focused on gaming, the OSVR framework rallies gamers worldwide together to push the boundaries of VR-Gaming.
Current supporters of OSVR:
In addition to the aforementioned VR-Glasses, OSVR provides a plugin to work with the Oculus DK2.
For the purpose of game development, the following game engine plugins are available:
– Unity 3D Engine – Now
– Unreal Engine 4 – Jan 2015
– HeroEngine – TBA
– More to come
OSVR SDK Availability:
Price: No charge
Limited Developer Access – Now
Public Release – Q2 2015
About OSVR Hacker Development Kit
Price: from $199.99
Availability: June 2015
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Razer™ is a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers.
Razer is transforming the way people play games, engage with other gamers and identify with the gamer lifestyle. Having won the coveted “Best of CES” award consecutively for four years, the company’s leadership in product innovation continues to create new categories for the gaming community that is estimated to have over 1 billion gamers worldwide.
Razer’s award-winning design and technology include an array of user interface and systems devices, voice-over IP for gamers and a cloud platform for customizing and enhancing gaming devices.
Founded in 2005, Razer is backed by IDG-Accel and Heliconia Capital Management (Heliconia), a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore investment company Temasek.
Founded in 2003, Sensics™ is a leader in professional-grade virtual reality goggles and other near-eye devices. Sensics products and technologies are deployed worldwide for a wide spectrum of training, medical, consumer and research applications.
Through building cutting-edge VR products for over a decade, Sensics has amassed expertise in everything VR: electro-optics, ergonomics, sensors, software and mechanical design. This expertise is found at the core of both the Sensics brand as well as selected partnerships.