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Razer’s new HDK2 VR $399 headset can compete with HTC Vive & Oculus Rift

by Jacob Kleinman | June 13, 2016June 13, 2016 3:30 pm PDT

Razer has been pushing its Open Source Virtual reality (OSVR) platform for a while. Now the company is moving forward with a brand new high-end headset that can compete Oculus and HTC.

The Hacker Development Kit (HDK) 2 features custom lenses and an OLED display with a resolution of 2160 x 1200 pixels. It also offers an 110-degree field of view, positional tracking in an area up to 8 feet by 9 feet, and the ability to show graphics at a rate of 90 frames per second. That’s all pretty much in line with high-end models like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but Razer undercuts the competition by charging just $399.99 for its product.

“The HDK 2 allows us to meet the needs of VR fans and gamers and provide developers with affordable open-source hardware to innovate with,” said Razer product marketing chief Christopher Mitchell. “With the HDK 2 being able to deliver a visual experience on par with industry leaders, we will now be able to represent hardware agnostic VR media and games in all their glory for future headsets to adopt through the open source ecosystem.”

The HDK 2 is set to ship in July for $399. Razer says it will also continue to offer the older HDK 1.4 model for just $299 as an even cheaper alternative.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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