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Valve adds official support for OSVR to Steam

Valve adds official support for OSVR to Steam

Razer release OSVR HDK2 for $399.99

Valve adds official support for OSVR to Steam

 
 
Valve has now officially added support for OSVR to the Steam platform, allowing gamers to experience virtual reality with a wider range of headsets on PC. 
 
The idea behind OSVR is to make virtual reality as hardware agnostic as possible, creating a development SDK that is suitable for a wide range of headsets and a headset that is completely upgradable, allowing gamers to upgrade their headset over time to deliver the best VR experience.  
 
Right now OSVR is still in development, with development kits that are currently available to purchase. Right now OSVR's HDK2 (Headset Development Kit Version 2) comes with specifications and a tracking system that is similar to the Oculus Rift and a pricepoint of just $399.99.
 
 

Valve adds official support for OSVR to Steam

 

OSVR's HDR1 had a rather disappointing refresh rate of 60Hz and a resolution of 1920x1080 over both eyes, though this older development kit is still available to purchase and can be upgraded to the HDK2 for $220.   

This newest developer kit from OSVR, the HDK2 offers an upgraded display which gives the headset a refresh rate of 90Hz and a total resolution of 2160x1200, 1080x1200 for each eye, giving the headset a significant upgrade over the previous version which had a single 60Hz 1920x1080 display.  

The OSVR headset will also come with a 100Hz IR camera for positional tracking (similar system to the Oculus Rift) and individual eye focusing, which will allow the headset to be adjusted from +4.5 to -2 for each eye. The headsets eye focusing is a great addition for players with glasses, though the adjustment range is not wide enough for most short-sighted glasses users. 

 

Valve adds official support for OSVR to Steam

(OSVR Development kits can be purchased here)

 

Right now OSVR is still in development, but his official support from Valve will certainly go a long way to making the headset seem viable in the eyes of consumers. 

The HDK2 is a development model and is not expected to be used by the consumer market, but it does offer an insight into the potential future of VR, where VR headsets will be more like monitors and artificial exclusivity to platforms like Oculus will hopefully be non-existent.

 

You can join the discussion on OSVR getting official support on Steam on the OC3D Forums

 

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24-11-2016, 03:28:22

Dicehunter
I've been looking at getting Razers VR headset, Has the same specs as the Rift at £150 less than the Rift.Quote

24-11-2016, 04:42:22

WYP
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
I've been looking at getting Razers VR headset, Has the same specs as the Rift at £150 less than the Rift.
Yeah, but it isn't as well supported yet and it not the final retail model. It also has no announced plans for motion controls. I'd wait.Quote

24-11-2016, 04:45:00

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
Yeah, but it isn't as well supported yet and it not the final retail model. It also has no announced plans for motion controls. I'd wait.
Well the motion controls don't bother me, Just the head tracking.

If the final retail model costs the same as the latest development kit then I may take the plunge but if it goes into Rift pricing territory I'll pass.Quote

24-11-2016, 07:11:32

AlienALX
Wait for the Microsoft one.Quote

24-11-2016, 16:43:27

Kourgath223
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Wait for the Microsoft one.
As far as I know Microsoft is doing AR with Hololens and not VR, despite some saying Hololens is VR.Quote
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