Acer has announced that it is sticking its toe into the virtual reality market, partnering with Starbreeze to develop the hardware for its StarVR project.
Starbreeze formally unveiled its StarVR plans back in January
, claiming that it saw virtual reality as being perfect for social use in modern arcade halls - almost the exact same business plan as that of Virtuality, a 90s pioneer in arcade-centric and extremely-expensive virtual reality rigs. Starbreeze, of course, has some advantages over the failed Virtuality, not least of which is the massive increase in computing power which has allowed virtual reality to become more immersive even as it becomes significantly more affordable.
Now, Starbreeze and Acer have announced they are joining forces on the project with the latter company working on the hardware side of things. 'Acer is thrilled to join forces with Starbreeze in bringing the StarVR head-mounted display to the market,
' claimed Jason Chen, Acer corporate president and chief executive, of the pairing. 'We are devoting R&D resources across multiple aspects of the VR ecosystem for a coherent and high-quality experience, while just last month Acer announced powerful desktops and notebooks fully-ready for StarVR. Starbreeze and Acer share the same goal of delivering best-in-class VR applications, and we look forward to unlocking new VR possibilities together with this partnership.
'Since our launch in June 2015, we have had an amazing start with StarVR. By partnering with Acer we shift gears yet again to firmly position us as the leader in top-end VR experiences. Acer is an excellent, experienced and prominent hardware partner that will accelerate us in realising and producing a high-definition, high-fidelity VR headset,
' added Bo Andersson Klint, Starbreeze chief executive, at the announcement. 'We’ve been working with a clear roadmap for our VR strategy from day one, and are now about to realize one of the first major collaborations we set out to achieve. The future for StarVR is now set and extremely exciting.
Those eager to see some serious competition for Oculus VR and HTC in the consumer VR arena, though, could be disappointed: Starbreeze and Acer are concentrating their efforts on the 'professional- and location-based entertainment market,
' rather than consumers.