Industry bigwigs have got together and are announcing the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem, which they plan to be a "new standard in VR gaming" to push its limits.
Peripheral makeris producing the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit, which will release this June and support "all VR devices," including the likes of Oculus. It's an 'open platform' for everyone.
The OSVR provides developers the support in both hardware and software, and includes well known integration with game engines such as Unity, Unreal Engine 4, as well as other "device plugins from hardware market leaders" like Razer or Sixense.
They've pooled engineering talent from all over the world to create a "standardized interface" for VR, which should allow third-parties to flourish with their own ideas without needing to partner with a first-party, or struggle to become one themselves.
"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.”
The June bound OSVR Hacker Dev Kit from Razer is priced at $200. OSVR is focused on VR gaming.
"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," added Sensics CEO Yuval Boger.
Check out the Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) announcement video for more, and the.