Starting today OSVR is taking pre-orders for the HDK 2, the modular, open source ‘Hacker Development Kit’ VR headset which the organization says will ship starting on July 29th.
Sold in its basic configuration for $399, the new HDK 2 will be largely the same as the HDK 1.4, but with a new 2160×1200 and 90 FPS, low-persistence OLED display—a marked improvement over the HDK 1.4’s 1920×1080, 60 FPS OLED. At least in terms of on-paper display specs, the new display puts the HDK 2 on par with both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Other than the new display, the HDK 2 is essentially the same headset as the prior HDK 1.4.
Because the headset is modular, OSVR will also be offering a display upgrade for HDK 1.4 owners who want to upgrade to the new display module.
Razer says that initial sales of the headset will only be available in the US & EU, but should see wider availability in the Asia-Pacific region in the next few weeks.
HDK owners can also expect a new Windows Installer that will support HDK 1.x and HDK 2 headsets to make first-time set up easier, which will include essential programs and drivers, as well as automatic SteamVR driver installation for easier access to SteamVR content. OSVR’s Installer will be available when HDK 2 ships to all HDK owners.
The HDK 2 (in its basic configuration) includes:
Ergonomically designed enclosure and customized adjustable orange and black OSVR head straps. HMD module with gyroscope, accelerometer and compass for accurate head tracking, as well as USB 3.0 Connectivity.
IR Faceplate providing positional information at 100hz with 360 degree tracking for responsive, multi directional input. *Comes with an IR Camera for positional tracking.
Dual Display 2160×1200 low persistence OLED silver screen with 441 PPI running at 90 fps. IQE (Image Quality Enhancement) technology for reduced screendoor effect.
High performance dual lens system for ultra-sharp images. Enlarged eye-box for fuss-free setup, right out-of-box. Low geometric distortion and colour corrected image for faster rendering. Individual eye focus for personalized use without glasses.
*diopters cover +4.5 to -2 adjustments to cater to majority of users.
Prevents cable tangling as well as features USB 3.0 connectivity and integrated surround sound codec.
Improved Bamboo charcoal microfiber foam layer facemask for additional comfort.
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