OSVR HDK 2

This headset is still in development. The details of this headset might change.
PRICE (RRP in USD) $399.99
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The OSVR HDK 2 is the 2016 update to the OSVR headset series manufactured by peripheral company Razer.. This family of VR HMDs is unique thanks to the modular nature of the design and the open-source nature of the hardware.

PROS
  • Unique Upgradeable Design
  • High Pixel Density
  • Open Source
CONS
  • Currently Intended only for Developers
  • Not the easiest system to use
  • No Motion Controllers Included

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VRS OVERALL RATING
Recomended Not Recomended

The OSVR HDK 2 is the 2016 update to the OSVR headset series manufactured by peripheral company Razer. This family of VR HMDs is unique thanks to the modular nature of the design and the open-source nature of the hardware.

The makers of the OSVR want you to have the freedom of hacking your hardware, making it better and sharing your hacks with others. Anyone can make their own OSVR headset, or just parts of it. Alternatively, just buy the whole thing from OSVR. It’s also unique in terms of upgradability. If Oculus brings out a new HMD, you pretty much have to buy it and ditch your old one to benefit. If OSVR brings out a better optical module or mainboard, then you can (in principle) just order that part and upgrade the HMD you already have. It also makes repairs much simpler, since unlike most consumer products everything inside the OSVR units are user-serviceable or replaceable.

The HDK2 model is listed as being for “developers and enthusiasts”, which is to say that Razer does not yet feel as if their product is ready for primetime consumers. The HDK2 is different from the previous model mainly in terms of its display unit. The dual 1080p panels have been upgraded to two 2160×1200 OLED units, giving a better pixel density than products like the Oculus whilst also selling at a very competitive price.

Thanks to the Open-source nature of OSVR it’s been attractive to game developers and the HMD boasts a library of over 300 games on the Steam platform. Of course this also means that the OSVR lacks the polished, curated app store that Oculus provides, but if you like to have control over your products and don’t like restrictions on what you can do with it, the OSVR products are very appealing.

There are also optional modules to add functionality from the Leap Motion, add USB ports and add surround sound.

If you already own an HDK 1.3 or 1.4 HMD all you need to do is buy the new display units and it takes fifteen minutes to effect the upgrade.

SPECIFICATIONS

Display OLED
Panel size Unknown
Resolution 1080x1200x2
Refresh rate 90Hz
Field of view Not Published
Sensors 6DoF Head Tracking
Connections USB
Audio Additional Headphones Supported

SCORES IN DETAIL

Design8
Features7
Performance8
Sound quality0
Value7