November 30, 2016

 

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The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are two of the most popular VR headsets on the market at the moment, but other options exist that are looking to advance virtual reality through open-sourced measures. Razer’s OSVR is one of these headsets, and now Steam has added an icon that will let users know if it is compatible with the gaming company’s much less polished alternative.

The icon takes the form of an official badge which finds itself stamped to titles on Valve’s Steam game management application, and shares many similarities to the Oculus logo in terms of appearance. While this may be confusing to some users, Steam has maintained an Oculus badge on its official store page for quite some time now, and users will hopefully be able to differentiate between the two icons.

Razer’s OSVR has been considerably less popular than its HTC and Oculus competitors, and for good reason. Razer is not advertising this as a polished consumer headset, but is instead selling the product to be a more affordable platform for those that want to develop virtual reality applications. The most recent HDK 2.0 retails for $399, while the older version 1.4 can be had for $299. After all is said and done, this is considerably less than something like an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, though game support is less than optimal at the moment.

Since it is not instantly compatible will all HTC Vive or Oculus Rift titles, its extremely useful for Valve to post the games it will work with. There are many developers and users that are trying to get their virtual fix on the cheap, and this is not a bad option for those types of users.

Have you used the OSVR? According to the spec sheet it seems like an extremely capable headset, with dual 2160×1200 OLED displays touting 441 PPI at 90fps. We’d love to see some more development in the space, and it seems like Valve agrees.

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