True Player Gear Looks to Fill VR Gaming Void Left by Facebook's Acquisition of Oculus

A lot has happened in the past few weeks in the virtual reality arena. Game Developers Conference in San Francisco saw Sony debut their VR headset, Project Morpheus. Then a few days ago, the news broke that Oculus VR, the makers of the Oculus Rift, were purchased by Facebook by $2 billion. The Internet subsequently exploded in one collective negative reaction.

Now we have True Player Gear, a six-year-old Montreal-based startup that is looking to fill the void left by Oculus with their own virtual reality headset.

True Player Gear actually demoed their headset almost a decade ago at E3 2006 and they plan to demo the newest iteration of the device at this year’s E3 in June. The headset features full HD, 1920 x 1080 resolution, OLED screens, a 90-degree field of view, twin 1080p cameras, and a variety of sensors designed to track the user’s head movement. The company plans for the device to work with the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Hopefully this news will bring comfort to those disappointed by Oculus’s sale to Facebook. It’s hard not to be sympathetic, as Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg himself seem to have wildly different ideas in mind for the Rift than what was originally promised. Facebook’s popularity is nowhere near what it once was and any social networking innovations the company may be planning with the Rift are falling on unenthusiastic ears.

Between Project Morpheus and True Player Gear, the gaming side of VR still seems as bright as ever.

via Pocket Lint

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