- StarVR One: a VR headset for professionals
Until now, StarVR mainly focused on the arcade market and centers dedicated to virtual reality. This company, born from a partnership between the developer Starbreeze and the manufacturer Acer, supplies its headsets in particular to IMAX VR centers, to the VR Park in Dubai, or to the VR Center in Stockholm.
However, in August 2018, as part of the SIGGRAPH 2018 show, the company announced its StarVR One headset intended for companies in all sectors. In comparison with virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive Pro, this device offers extraordinary technical characteristics.
The StarVR One is particularly distinguished by its FOV vision field of 210 ° horizontal, and 130 ° vertical, against 80 ° horizontal and 90 ° vertical for the Rift and the Vive. Even the Pimax 8K only offers a 200 ° horizontal FOV. Thus, this device offers a field of vision similar to that of the human gaze.
In addition, its two 4,77-inch AMOLED screens offer a definition of 16 million sub-pixels, with a refresh rate of 90Hz at low persistence. Thanks to the Tobii eye tracking technology, the helmet is able to offer a dynamic foveal rendering and automatically adjust the interpupillary distance for an optimal display.
The product is compatible with the latest generation SteamVR 2.0 tracking system, but the necessary tracking stations are not provided. Of course, a microphone is integrated and a jack socket allows you to connect an audio headset or headphones.
StarVR One: a VR headset for professionals
You will understand: with such a technical sheet, the StarVR One seems to be a generation ahead. However, living in the future comes at a cost. This 450 gram VR headset is available now for the tidy sum of 3200 dollars, without SteamVR tracking stations or motion-sensing controllers.
To use it, you will also need a PC worthy of a war machine. The minimum technical specifications indicated by StarVR are Windows 10 64 OS, Intel i7-7700 or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, and 16GB of RAM. In total, it will therefore take a minimum of $ 5000 to be able to take advantage of this device. Something to cool off the most enthusiastic gamers ...
Anyway, the StarVR One is primarily intended for businesses, although anyone will be able to buy it in some time. For now, this first wave of production is reserved for professional developers. If you are interested, you can apply to join the StarVR Developer Program and order the StarVR One headset at this address.