OSVR is an open source platform for virtual reality software and hardware that is supported by Razer along with over 230 companies supporting the cause. At the IFA trade show in Berlin today, Razer announced that pre-order for OSVR latest HDK 1.3 will be available on October 1. They call their latest public prototype version a “hacker development kit.”
What are the enhancements in OSVR latest HDK 1.3?
The latest Hacker development kit version 1.3 will come with the same 5.5-inch 1080p OLED display and IR camera as HDK 1.2. But, it is said to come with improved optics, display and will offer a large view box for people with glasses.
OSVR is introducing a new content discovery platform on their site to display videos and games compatible with the headset. OSVR latest HDK 1.3 now supports NVIDIA’s Gameworks VR, a platform that runs the headset as a direct VR device instead of recognizing it as an external display.
CEO of OSVR partner Sensics, Yuval Boger, said:
“Our work with Nvidia is a key step towards achieving our goal of providing developers with a comprehensive infrastructure that allows creating high-performance VR and AR experiences regardless of the particular operating system, HMD platform, game engine, or input peripherals. OSVR allows the VR/AR community to create exciting experiences without being locked in to any single vendor.”
The latest HDK 1.3 comes with the dual-lenses, which delivers reduced distortion (less than 13 percent) and provide developers with almost perfect image quality. It reduces the required development efforts to a great extent.
What is the cost of HDK 1.3?
If you are interested in buying OSVR latest HDK 1.3 you can pre-order it at $299.99 from their official website, starting October 1st. The price is same as the HDK 1.2. If you are having older version of the hardware, you will be able to buy the upgraded parts separately from its web store.