OSVR Platform Gains Traction with 12 New Partners

VR ecosystem is now supported by 37 members; Academia Support Program announced to support developers worldwide

Carlsbad, CA and Columbia, MD. – Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, and Sensics™, a leader in high-performance VR, today announced additional partners for the Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem.

Since its award-winning announcement at CES 2015, OSVR has signed 12 new members, including Jaunt, a pioneering company in cinematic VR. Other companies are in talks with Razer and Sensics.

“The reception of OSVR exceeded even our own expectations and we’re working through numerous partner requests since CES,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Being able to bring together companies doing amazing work in all areas of virtual reality can accelerate consumer-ready devices and improve overall user experiences.”

OSVR aims to standardize the creation and enjoyment of content for virtual reality devices and software. Razer and Sensics will support the venture with the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit, a virtual reality device and open-source software that enables programming for any variety of VR technology.

New OSVR Supporters (in alphabetical order):

The 3DRudder is a feet-controlled 3D navigation and motion controller.  3DRudder enables users to move in VR games and worlds with their feet.

Cyberith is the creator of the Virtualizer, a locomotion device for VR that allows the user to move freely in virtual environments.

Impulsonic develops spatial audio solutions for VR and video games. Phonon, Impulsonic’s flagship product, allows the authoring of environmental audio effects like reverb, occlusion, and 3D positional audio by modeling the physics of sound.

Jaunt is the leading developer of professional full stack hardware and software solutions for capturing, editing and playing back deeply immersive, full stereoscopic, 360-degree cinematic VR.

Lucidscape is building a new 3D simulation engine to power a vast network of independent, interconnected virtual worlds.

Pixel Titans is a small team committed to making STRAFE® the most realistic shooter of 1996. By working with OSVR, Pixel Titans plans to bring a VR experience to the masses.

SoftKinetic® DepthSense® technology for VR enables natural hand interaction. The solution includes a depth-sensing 3D camera and hand-tracking middleware providing a full 3D hand mesh without the need of holding anything.

Sonic VR develops hardware and software solutions that can render full 3D object-based sound (around, above/below, with depth) for headphones. Sonic VR will offer development kits for audio peripheral solutions, along with integration support for OSVR.

Tactical Haptics is commercializing haptic game controllers to provide touch feedback that is more realistic than industry-standard rumble feedback — a critical element that is currently missing from VR.

Tammeka Games is developing Radial-G: Racing Revolved, an arcade sci-fi racer built for VR. Tammeka is launching the full version of Radial-G on Steam in May, in time for the OSVR HDK launch in June 2015.

VR Bits is a creative content studio specializing in VR experiences. They are joining OSVR to bring knowledge in VR game design, help form best practices and provide engaging VR content.

Founded by the creators of DK1 upgrade kit, VR Union makes premium virtual reality hardware for the next-generation of VR businesses and professionals.

OSVR Academia Program:

As part of the ongoing efforts to push forward Virtual Reality, Razer and Sensics also announces the OSVR Academia Program. The initiative will provide free OSVR Hacker Development Kits and full access to the OSVR source code to interested universities that have or intend to set up a full VR lab. 

Applications to the OSVR Academia Program can be submitted via the “Join OSVR” tab at the top of the www.osvr.com webpage.

About OSVR:

OSVR™ is an ecosystem designed to set an open standard for virtual reality input devices, games and output to provide the best possible VR game experience. Supported by industry leaders, the OSVR framework unites developers and gamers alike under a single platform.

For the full list of OSVR supporters and more information, go to www.osvr.com.

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