Acer has released its own Microsoft-backed VR headset, and it looks similar to the Lenovo version we saw last month.
Acer is a well-known brand worldwide, but it has a specially good reach in asia, with their mastery of affordable and powerful hardware such as laptops and desktops. Microsoft tapped partners like Acer to produce an alternative to their expensive Microsoft Hololens, and Acer is second to show off actual hardware.
Based on Engadget’s report on the unit, the Acer headset, which for now has not been named, is a flip-up design that eases user adaptability when being used in long VR sessions. It also has some interesting features, foremost of which are the two lenses at the front of the unit.
These cameras are clear indications that this headset is going to be a “mixed reality”
headset, which does away with the external sensors used in both the Rift and the HTC Vive. This type of headset holds its own advantages when using this type of external sensor-less tracking, called inside-out tracking, due to lower cost and less time for the user to familiarize themselves with the technology. Microsoft is perhaps justifiably proud of this technology, and calls it “world scale” as opposed to the often bandied about “room scale” term for its other PC based competitors.
With the more attainable $300 price range of the Acer headset and similar products on the horizon, it’s exciting to think that Microsoft is pushing for affordable hardware that will spread out to more users and in turn spur more development for the VR industry as a whole.
Original story from engadget.com. Image credit to Engadget.