New SteamVR headset by Valve and LG presented at GDC

At this year’s Game Developers Conference, Valve is presenting a new, still unnamed SteamVR compatible headset prototype, built by LG .

This is, after the HTC Vive, Valve’s second VR headset and it is not clear yet, if this the successor to the Vive and the end of the HTC partnership or if both model ranges will co-exist in the future.

Design

The design of the headset does pose similarities to the PlayStation VR headset. Unique to the LG headset though, is the ability to flip up the visor, so you can see what is going on around you without taking off the headset. Overall the headset does look very comfortable too.

Specs

Resolution: 1440 x 1280 per eye
Display: OLED display, provided by LG, one panel for both eyes
PPI: 540
FoV: 110 degrees
Refresh Rate: 90Hz

You might notice that resolution, compared to the Oculus Rift’s and the HTC Vive’s 1080 × 1200 pixels per eye, has been improved, which is nice. Apart from that, the specs are pretty similar to the other headsets. Still, Valve promises “to deliver a high fidelity, next generation VR experience”. If this promise can be kept, only the final product will show.

The headset also comes with some controllers, which look similar to those of the Vive and use the same technology as well.

Availability

Since this is a Developers Conference and not a consumer show, pricing and release date have not yet been announced and the product itself is not final either. Although with pricing, I do not think that there will be any surprises. The press release states that “LG will be meeting with developers to collect feedback and impressions as part of its effort to define the first commercial units”.

It is great to see that another headset is on the way and especially great to see that Valve is trying to work closely with the developers to guarantee the best possible implementation of VR support.

Picture credit: uploadvr

LG SteamVR headset controllers

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