This year’s E3 conference has been chock-full of innovative tech for the gaming world, including virtual reality. And Razer’s Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) headsets are no exception with their announcement of an updated version for the Hacker Development Kit (HDK), unveiled as the HDK 2.
The selling point to this updated headset compared to the previous HDK 1.4 is the updated display panel that now features the same resolution (2160×1200) OLED display and 90Hz refresh rate as the well known Oculus Rift. The headset also introduced what Razer is calling Image Quality Enhancer, a coating to assist in reducing the screen-door-effect issues with most VR glasses. Additional enhancements include a 100Hz camera for positional tracking, an open framework that enables it to work with a variety of controllers, and the HDK system supports content technologies such as StreamVR. Here’s the kicker though, HDK 2 will be available for purchase at the beginning of July and retail for $399, compared to the $599 price tag for Oculus Rift and $799 for the HTC Vive. The HDK 1.4 will also be on sale for $299. [Purchase]