Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, watch out! Starbreeze and Acer are working together to make a new VR headset. Yesterday, May 15, 2016, the 2 giants announced the partnership in a press release. The beginning of the press release reads: “Starbreeze AB and Acer Inc. today signed a letter of intent to form a joint venture for the StarVR Virtual Reality (VR) Head-Mounted Display (HMD). The two companies aim to cooperate on the design, manufacturing, promotion, marketing and sales of the StarVR HMD to the professional- and location-based entertainment market.”
“Acer is thrilled to join forces with Starbreeze in bringing the StarVR head-mounted display to the market,” said Jason Chen, Acer Corporate President and CEO. “We are devoting R&D resources across multiple aspects of the VR ecosystem for a coherent and high-quality experience, while just last month Acer announced powerful desktops and notebooks fully-ready for StarVR. Starbreeze and Acer share the same goal of delivering best-in-class VR applications, and we look forward to unlocking new VR possibilities together with this partnership. ”
You can find the full release here.
Yay.. Another VR Headset.. Now what?
The StarVR is not just “another headset.” It is a “beast” for lack of a better term. It is expected to crush it’s competition in many ways. Sporting a 210° horizontal and 130° vertical field of view, this headset crushes anything the Vive and Rift have brought to the table. In addition, the StarVR will feature 2 5.5″ displays with a maximum resolution of 5120×1440. The Rift and Vive offer 2160×1200 displays, so this is a much better in comparison.
But I Thought Acer Was Junk
In the past, Acer has had a reputation of offering low, bargain basement computers. Their PCs used to be slow due to bloatware and poor specs. Acer seems to be fixing that lately. Their new higher end PCs are finally competitive. For this reason, it’s not surprising to see Acer and Starbreeze working together to make the next best thing in the world of VR.
But Wait.. There’s More!
Like any good thing, there’s always more, right? Acer and Starbreeze didn’t fall short. The StarVR is also expected to be used in cinemas. The press release highlighted a “cinematic VR experience” titled “Cockatoo Spritz,” which was previewed at Cannes Film Festival.
Acer may not have always had the best reputation for their hardware, but with their revamped lineup, and their partnership with Starbreeze, the StarVR might just be the best headset to date.