OSVR LAUNCHES THE HDK 2 - AN OPEN SOURCE 2160 X 1200 DUAL DISPLAY VR HEADSET - IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION

OSVR LAUNCHES THE HDK 2 - AN OPEN SOURCE 2160 X 1200 DUAL DISPLAY VR HEADSET - IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION


The OSVR, SteamVR and WebVR compatible headset will now be available to developers and enthusiasts in 10 additional countries to power innovation.


UNITE SINGAPORE– Organizers of Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR), the largest open source virtual reality consortium in the world, today made the latest Hacker Development Kit, the HDK 2 available in 13 countries within the Asia Pacific.  The HDK 2 features an upgraded display for a visual experience on par with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.




The HDK 2 is equipped with custom designed SLR grade lenses for clearer more vibrant images and a 90hz low-persistence OLED, RGB dual-display with a total resolution of 2160x1200 (1080p per eye). It also includes unique IQE (Image Quality Enhancer) technology for a reduced screen door effect. Capable of displaying VR experiences at 90 frames-per-second, the visual experience on the HDK 2 is comparable to the best virtual reality headsets available now.
Open Source Technology:

The HDK 2 was engineered to be an open source solution in the VR market today allowing developers and enthusiasts the freedom to innovate around virtual reality without restrictions. Powered by OSVR, an open source software platform content developers will be able to support a multitude of emerging devices in the VR industry across different brands through a single integration, effectively increasing their user base with minimal effort.
It is also modular allowing for 3rd party customization.
Content:
Powered by the OSVR software platform the HDK 2 will be able to play native OSVR experiences as well as SteamVR content (VR content developed for the HTC Vive).
In addition to this it also supports WebVR and other 360 video and media playing technologies.
Full list of experiences here: http://www.osvr.org/featured.html
Setup & Installation:
A beta version of the HDK Windows Installer is available to make set up of the HDK 2 easier.

“The HDK 2 is engineered to deliver a visual experience on par with the industry’s best while keeping it at a more affordable cost point in order to bring VR technology to more people.” Says Christopher Mitchell, OSVR Lead, Razer. “It will now also give developers and enthusiasts within the Asia Pacific the freedom to innovate and support a myriad of VR technologies across the world”

List of countries the HDK 2 is now available in:
·         Australia
·         New Zealand
·         Philippines
·         Japan
·         Thailand
·         Taiwan
·         Malaysia
·         Singapore
·         South Korea
·         Hong Kong
The HDK 2 is now selling on Razerstore (www.razerstore.com) and will come with 2 free games, Descent: Underground & Radial G : Racing Revolved while stock lasts.
·         Descent: Underground: www.descentunderground.com
·         Radial G: Racing Revolved: http://www.radial-g.com

What is OSVR?
OSVR is an open source software platform that drives innovation and diversity by allowing different brands of VR hardware to connect with each other. Giving hardware developers the ability to have their hardware interface with other devices in the VR industry and also allowing them to freely innovate and produce the best products possible without fear of control and licensing fees.

It shares content to help drive hardware sales
In addition to this, all content supported on the ecosystem; including native OSVR experiences and SteamVR experiences (HTC Vive content) will run on their hardware, giving them a chance to enter the market with an already available base of content to drive sales of their hardware.
Further driving this content effort is also a recently announced 5 million dollar content fund sponsored by Razer, incentivizing content developers out there to support OSVR in order to make content available to all OSVR supported hardware in order to combat exclusivity and ensure the VR industry grows as a whole.

It supports the latest technologies
As the software platform also supports the latest engines (Cryengine, Unreal, Unity) and performance enhancing technologies such as Nvidia’s direct mode, hardware developers will also be able to take advantage of them ensuring their hardware performs optimally.

It is for consumer choice
The platform’s objective is to ultimately bring choice to the consumer market, allowing everyone to mix and match their VR hardware purchases based on preferences in price and functionality.
“Imagine being able to walk down an isle of VR products in your favorite electronics retailer and being able to pick off any combination of hardware you’d like to use without worrying about compatibility.” Says Michael Lee, VP of Software, Razer. “It will be like building your own PC, except this time using cutting edge next generation technology that will immerse you digital experiences like never before.”

Try the HDK 2!
Unite Singapore – October 3rd and 4th
The HDK 2 will be available for trial at Unite Singapore, October 3rd & 4th at Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands.
Christopher Mitchell, OSVR business lead from Razer will be giving a talk at the event, Oct 4th – 1130 to 1230am
PAX Australia – November 4th to 6th
It will also be available for trial at PAX Australia in Melbourne, November 4th to 6th at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

Annex:

HDK 2 MSRP:

·         Australia: $649.95
·         New Zealand: $699.95
·         Philippines: $21,990
·         Japan: $49,800
·         Thailand: $ 15,990
·         Taiwan: $14,490
·         Malaysia: $1,899.90
·         Singapore: $604.90
·         South Korea: $579,000
·         Hong Kong: $3,339

Comparison Chart:

HDK 2
Oculus Rift
HTC Vive
Display
OLED
OLED
OLED
Resolution
2160x1200
2160x1200
2160x1200
Refresh Rate
90hz
90hz
90hz
Platform
OSVR, SteamVR
Oculus Home
SteamVR
Field of view
110 degrees
110 degrees
110 degrees
Tracking area
8 x 9 feet
5 x 11 feet
15 x 15 feet
Built in audio
3.5mm audio jack built into Belt Box.
Yes
No
Built in mic
No
Yes
No
Controller
Any OSVR compatible VR hardware, Any PC compatible gamepad.
Oculus Touch, Xbox One Controller or any PC compatible gamepad.
Lighthouse controllers, any PC compatible gamepad
Sensors
Accelerometer, Gyroscope, magnetometer, 360-degree positional tracking.
Accelerometer, Gyroscope, magnetometer, 360-degree positional tracking.
Accelerometer, Gyroscope, laser sensor, front-facing camera.
Connections
HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0
HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0
HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0
Requirements
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 /Radeon R9 280 equivalent or greater
Intel Core i5-4590 equivalent or greater
8GB+ of RAM
Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
2 x USB 2.0 port
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater

Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater

8GB+ RAM
Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output

2x USB 3.0 ports

Windows 7 SP1 or newer
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 /Radeon R9 280 equivalent or greater
Intel Core i5-4590 equivalent or greater
4GB+ of RAM
Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
1x USB 2.0 port
Price (in USD)
$400
$600
$800


HDK 2 Specifications

Faceplate Module
Mainboard
Display Module
Optics Module
HMD Mechanical Module
Belt Box Module

IR Faceplate providing positional information with 360-degree tracking for responsive, multi directional input.

Comes with an IR Camera operating at 100hz.

Sensor hub with integrated accelerometer, gyroscope and compass

External USB 3.0 connection for additional accessories

Additional 2 x USB 3.0 connectors for internal expansion

Re-programmable for additional functionality.
Dual Display 2160x1200 RGB display technology running at 90fps.

Features a low persistence OLED silver screen with 441 PPI.

110-Field Of View.

IQE (Image Quality Enhancer) technology for reduced screen door effect.
High performance SLR grade dual lens system for ultra-sharp images

Enlarged eye-box for fuss-free setup, right out-of-box

Low geometric distortion and color corrected image for faster rendering

Individual eye focus for personalized use without glasses.

*diopters cover +4.5 to -2 adjustments to cater to majority of users.
Removable face mask

Bamboo charcoal microfiber foam layer for additional comfort

Thicker foam padding for cheekbones & nose bridge rubber insert for enhanced comfort
Additional USB 3.0 connectivity

Surround Sound Audio codec integrated

Easier cable management and ergonomics

Signal boosters
      





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