Open source VR kit annnounced

ANTVR Technology has announced its plans to create and release a fully open source, cross-platform...

ANTVR Technology has announced its plans to create and release a fully open source, cross-platform compatible virtual reality kit.

Kyle White, ClickOnline.com

, Last Updated: 4:27 PM ET

With virtual reality headsets set to play a huge role in the future of gaming, at least based on the level of interest shown in Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR, creators of the Rift, and Sony's planned Project Morpheus peripheral for the PlayStation 4, it should be no surprise that an increasing number of companies are looking to jump aboard the bandwagon.

The latest, and perhaps most interesting, addition to the fray is a startup company called ANTVR who claim they'll be bringing a completely open source, cross platform VR solution to consumers in the near future.

The company is in the process of running a Kickstarter campaign right now, and in just two days it has already raised more than half of its $200,000 target, suggesting that another major crowd funding success story may be in the offing.

The company claims it will be retailing the unit at cost initially, around $300, in order to ensure it can be brought to market and gain as much penetration as possible, with Kickstarter supporters offered the chance to preorder their kit by backing before June 23.

For those of you concerned about compatibility with existing and future VR games, the ANTVR kit will be fully compatible with all Oculus Rift enabled titles, and will also work any device that supports HDMI, which includes the likes of Microsoft's Xbox One and Xbox 360, Sony's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, iPhones, iPads, select Android phones and tablets, Blu-ray players and more.

The headset offers a 1,920 x 1,080 full HD display and differs from the Rift by using an aspherical lens which the company claims will cause less distortion on non-optimized images. Unlike the Rift, the system also comes with its own controller, which is capable of being used as a light gun or opened up to a traditional gamepad format.

You can check out the company's Kickstarter video below before deciding if you'd like to jump on board and help get it to market by pledging $300 to the campaign.


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