Razer Introduces OSVR HDK2 Headset For A Striking $399 Price Tag

Written by Shaheryar Ehsan-i-Haque on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 2:00 PM

Much has been said on the closed ecosystem Oculus has introduced with its Rift headset, and one hardware to speak out particularly vociferously against that was Razer. Razer intends to break into the VR hardware market itself, and for that it has introduced a new addition to its Open Source Virtual Reality project. Hacker Development Kit 2 has been introduced for a tempting $399 price, offering totally open source VR with no hardware boundaries. 

Its predecessor, the original OSVR HDK, was showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show(CES 2016) and was well received, however it lagged behind both the Oculus Rift and the Vive in terms specs. HDK 2 attempts to overcome the shortcomings.

This VR headset has an OLED 2160 by 1200 pixels screen rather than the standard 1080p on the first version and equal to that of HTC Vive and Oculus. However the big advantage here is the price tag - HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are available for $1050 and $916 respectively, while the OSVR total bundle retails for $570 ($399 for the headset alone).

The original HDK has also dropped in price to $299 for the headset and the whole bundle is just shy of $500. What are your thoughts about the HDK2? Do you think this is a tempting offer? Does this make Oculus and Vive sound overpriced?

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19:16 Jun-16-2016

didn't know that Bender ran Razer now.


oculus: sorry but our VR headset is a closed ecosystem
Razer: 'Fine! I'll make my own VR headset with blackjack and hookers!"


"Actually screw the blackjack, and you're not invited!"

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08:38 Jun-16-2016

cant digest it RAZOR with low prices

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23:09 Jun-15-2016

fantastic news, a third maker has entered the market at a lower price, prices will only drop from here with new headset of this resolution


I just want to see if the brightness is comparable to the Vive before I buy this, I will be buying this headset but I just want to see a couple reviews before I jump in

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22:54 Jun-15-2016

But it's Razer so the real question is, "Does it have RGB's??"

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22:58 Jun-15-2016

Pardon my limited VR vocabulary but what does RGB's mean ?

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23:08 Jun-15-2016

Not a VR term lol, RGB is a lighting term. Recently Razer has been putting RGB's on like all of their products. Here's a Razer keyboard with RGB lighting

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23:12 Jun-15-2016

lol woops. thanks for that. btw looks gooooood !

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17:04 Jun-16-2016

Well, those oled screen should be able to output red green and blue color, so uuh, yes XD

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20:55 Jun-15-2016

fantastic news for the VR industry. more competition should lower prices eventually

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20:18 Jun-15-2016

Yeah but this is the DK2. I guarantee you the consumer version will cost at least $500.

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19:52 Jun-15-2016

After decade maybe i'll buy VR. It's too early to purchase it. It may also release something better during this time. No need to rush. If i rush I prefer to rush with video card.

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18:48 Jun-15-2016

I can finally buy OSVR HDK2, Deepoon E2, or 3Glasses D2 under $500 after I bought GTX 970, 1060, or mostly GTX 1070 because Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are too expensive too me.

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15:08 Jun-15-2016

As with all new tech, the price will drop and drop until it gets to a reasonable level, and I'll be waiting until it does.....the great thing is that there's so much competition in this area, which will also help get the price even lower....

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14:18 Jun-15-2016

Not tempting enough. I'll eventually buy a future-gen VR device but not until an appealing RPG/MMORPG which can make use of it comes out... at which point i'll be very happy! :)

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14:49 Jun-15-2016

I would love it if Elder Scrolls 6 would have VR support!!!

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14:52 Jun-15-2016

Yeah, then we could "virtually" live in the game! :)

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14:57 Jun-15-2016

HAHA! that is true. I would say that some people would do just that. Have to admit, it would be awesome.

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15:01 Jun-15-2016

:D

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