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Ubisoft and More Join OSVR

Earlier in the week VRFocus reported that videogame technology company Razer had a new announcement to make at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California, USA. At the time it was suggested that the announcement could involve the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem that the company announced in January 2015. Sure enough, OSVR has made an exciting reveal today, announcing a new list of supports to its set up. Among the list is popular publisher Ubisoft.

This is the first time that Ubisoft’s name has been directly tied to work in VR. At GDC 2014 the company famously stated that VR would need to sell around 1 million units before it became viable for development. It would appear that the company may have had a change of heart, as it joins a growing number of OSVR supporters. Of course, its involvement doesn’t necessarily confirm that the company is working on VR videogames just yet. Also included on the list is Vuzix, CastAR, Homido, God Head and See Bright. An image of the announcement can be seen below.

The OSVR concept brings together a range of VR hardware and software companies in order to make developing VR videogames more accessible than ever. Other supporters include the likes of Borderlands developer Gearbox Software and Leap Motion with its wireless hand-tracking controller. One of the most intriguing factors of the ecosystem is the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit, a printable VR head-mounted display (HMD) that Razer itself plans to start selling in June 2015 for $199 USD. The kit is on display at GDC 2015 this week with Radial-G.

VRFocus is at GDC this week to deliver all of the latest updates on OSVR and other VR companies. Expect hands-on impressions, interviews and news updates as the week progresses.


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