With all the talk about Samsung and HTC VR headsets, it is easy to forget that Razer has also been working on their own version of virtual reality. The first version of the Razer Open Source VR (OSVR) development kit shipped not too long ago, and the company has now rolled out a new upgrade for the OSVR Hacker Development Kit.
The previous version of the OSVR kit lacked a few features like support for Android, and the position tracking camera that usually ships with these devices. Razer had originally published a template for building the position tracking cameras, but relied on the ingenuity of its users to build their own rigs. That changes now with the OSVR Hacker Development Kit 1.2.
In addition to the new support for Android, Razer will be shipping a new mobile faceplate to work in conjunction with the Android SDK. Developers will have to swap the existing OSVR faceplate for the mobile version to get it to work with Android, which is an interesting development to say the least.
This new update will also support a future Leap Motion controller faceplate that is in the works, although there is no timeline on when it will appear. Leap Motion is a hand sensing camera that will allow the user to manipulate virtual objects without the use of a separate controller.
Those interested in joining the OSVR alliance can do so by ordering the new Hacker Development Kit 2.1 for US$299 (about RM1120). This price includes the IR positional tracking kit, although those that already own the version 1.1 kit can upgrade for US$130 (about RM487).