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Starbreeze's spec heavy ​StarVR headset will be built by Acer


Acer is building Starbreeze’s spec heavy StarVR headset and its CEO Jason Chen sees VR as part of the future of the company. The Oculus rival first piqued our interested at last year’s E3 show and now it’s one step closer to reality with the new design, manufacturing and sales partnership.
Starbreeze is best known for The Chronicles of Riddick game, but it came out swinging with its VR headset, that aims to take on the big names in VR with an impressive spec sheet.
Trouncing the Oculus Rift’s specs, the StarVR comes with 210-degree FOV compared to Oculus’s 100-degree field, and two Quad HD panels offering a total 5120 x 1440 resolution. The consumer version of Oculus offers a resolution of just 2160 × 1200.
Acer’s CEO Jason Chen has been speaking to Bloomberg about the move from making Chromebooks and PCs to making VR headsets. Plus, the decision to target industries like healthcare as well as Starbreeze’s LA entertainment center. “We don’t want declining industries anymore,” he said. “We need to build multiple businesses and not count on one single business. They are very expensive, which is why we aren’t targeting consumers first.”Chen let slip that VR accessories, such as a haptic vest, could be part of the StarVR experience and that PCs could sit below seats in Starbreeze’s venue. Acer is spending big on R&D, filing for over 400 patents last year, in an attempt to get rid of its “low cost” tech image.
“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,” said Bo Andersson Klint, Starbreeze’s CEO.
The existing tech is the result of the acquisition of French company Infinite Eye – and its engineering teams – back in 2012. Since the 2015 edition of E3, Starbreeze hasn’t just been working on the Acer deal, either.
Starbreeze has taken StarVR on the road and in January, it announced plans for StarCade VR arcade-type centers, starting with a space in Los Angeles and its OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead VR experience this summer. The Stockholm based studio also went to the Cannes Film Festival showing off a couple of VR experiences including Stephanie Barbato’s Cockatoo Spritz to cinephiles.Starbreeze's spec heavy ​StarVR headset will be built by Acer

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