Razer’s Open Source Virtual Reality:
On January 6 2015 the OSVR is first announced. MonoGame, VorpX, Unigine and Valve team up to Razer’s OSVR, which brings them to a total of 118 partners. Which means OSVR will be able to support Valve’s OpenVR and many other, including the Oculus Rift. The OSVR Hacker Dev Kit will be available in July 2015.
Sony’s Project Morpheus:
At the 2015 Game Developers Conference, Sony was able to show a prototype of their virtual reality headset which will launch in 2016. They are also making the PS Move Motion Controller that will be able to be used as an object, like a sword, so the player feels like he’s actually fighting off enemies.
On March 3 2015 they announced the Vive Developer Edition of the headset will be available this spring and will be shipped to consumers by the end of the year.
This VR headset is the first (from what I know) to include eye tracking on top of head tracking. This means the characters in the games will react when you make eye contact with them. According to Fove’s timeline on their website, they had the vision of this project in March 2013, they made an early prototype in August 2013, a second prototype in May 2014, a third prototype in September 2014, a fourth prototype in December 2014 and they are now in a crowdfunding stage via kickstarter that will end on July 4. Next on their timeline is some production testing starting in July 2015 and the developer kits should start shipping in Spring 2016
Which VR set are you the most excited about?