LOS ANGELES E3 2016 – Razer and Sensics, co-founders and organizers of Open Source Virtual Reality OSVR , the world’s largest open virtual reality association, today unveiled the latest Hacker Development Kit, the HDK 2. HDK 2 includes an improved display for a visual experience equal to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.


OSVR dual-display headset – HDK 2.

The OSVR ecosystem is even more powerful with upgraded hardware and a fresh line of content

HDK 2 is equipped with individual lenses for sharper and more colorful images, a dual OLED display with low afterglow and 2160×1200 resolution, and uses a unique image enhancement technology IQE Image Quality Enhancer to reduce the grating effect. The HDK 2 is capable of transmitting images at 90 frames per second and can match the best VR devices available today.

Completely unlike other current generation HMDs, the HDK 2 will go on sale in July for $399. HDK 1.4 will still be available for $299.

“HDK 2 gives us the opportunity to meet the demands of gamers and VR enthusiasts, as well as provide developers with an affordable open-source &bdquo hardware” for innovative projects,

– Says Christopher Mitchel, chief OSVR officer, Razer. –

“With the HDK 2’s ability to deliver the same quality visuals as the industry leaders, we are paving the way for VR media and games in all their glory on any future virtual reality helmet through an open-source, hardware-free ecosystem.”.

“We set out to make the VR environment more democratic with open, affordable and high-performance software and hardware solutions with near universal compatibility across devices and engines,

– Says Yuval Boger, CEO of Sensics and co-founder of OSVR. –

Thanks to the efforts of the Sensics and Razer engineering teams, the contributions of the OSVR partners and the input of VR enthusiasts around the world, we will be able to showcase an entirely new and exciting experience in the near future.”.

Demo and new content at E3:

A demo version of the HDK 2 will be unveiled at E3 at Razer’s booth at the Los Angeles Convention Center-


. Among other things, visitors will be able to see a demo version of the Cloveone motion-tracking gloves from Neurodigital Technologies. Upon release, Gloves will be available as one of the options to control all HDK- and OSVR-enabled VR displays in the open ecosystem.

Content available for the demo version:

Computers & Peripherals

  • RedOut by 34BigThings

    • RedOut is the fastest anti-gravity racing simulator. Blast through stunning, low-polygon landscapes of a post-apocalyptic Earth at dizzying speeds!

Computers and Peripherals

  • Theme Park Studio by Pantera Entertainment

    • Theme Park Studio is a powerful toolkit that allows players to design, build and immerse themselves in their own theme park.


  • The Hum: Abductions by Totwise Studios

    • The Hum: Abductions is a first-person-view horror game inspired by alien abduction stories with a gripping story, realistic graphics and VR support.


  • Infinite from Project Gateway VR Studios GmbH

    • Infinite is an exploratory game of five separate episodes. The story follows protagonist Riley on his heels as he searches for a way home after crashing on an unknown planet.

Computer Headset

  • A-10 by Futuretown Inc

    • A-10 is a VR version of the classic rail shooter in a science fiction aesthetic. Hone your shooting skills in one of three modes.

And many others.

Both HDKs support a range of technologies for content, including SteamVR and native apps.

Plans for additional content to be announced later.


Comparison table:


Oculus Rift

HTC Vive









Update rate






Oculus Home


Field of view

110 degree

110 degrees

110 degrees

Tracking Area

8ft x 9ft

5 x 11 feet

15 x 15 feet

Built-in speakers




Built-in Mic





Any OSVR-compatible device

Any PC compatible gamepad

Oculus Touch, Xbox One controller or any PC-compatible gamepad

Lighthouse controllers or any PC compatible gamepad


Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, 360 degree positional tracking

Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, position tracking with 360 degree area

Accelerometer, gyroscope, laser sensor, front camera


HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0

HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0

HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 /Radeon R9 280 and higher graphics card

From 8GB RAM

HDMI 1 video output.3

2 USB 2 ports.0

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 AMD 290 level graphics card and up

Processor level Intel i5-4590 or higher

From 8GB RAM

HDMI 1 video output.3

2 USB 3 ports.0

Windows 7 SP1 or higher

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 /Radeon R9 280 level or higher graphics card

Intel i5-4590 level processor or higher

From 4GB of RAM

Video output with HDMI 1.3

1 USB 2.0





HDK 2 specs



System board

Display Module

Optical module

Mechanical Module

Belt module

Infrared front panel allowing 360-degree motion tracking with responsive, multi-directional input.

Equipped with 100hz infrared camera.

Touch node with built-in accelerometer, gyroscope and compass

External USB 3 ports.0 for additional accessories

Additional two USB 3 ports.0 for internal extensions

Programmable for additional features

Dual 2160×1200 resolution display at 90 frames per second, featuring a silver-plated OLED screen with low afterglow and a density of 441 pixels per inch.

IQE image enhancement technology to reduce the grid effect

High performance dual lenses for ultra clear images

Enlarged eye area for a quick start without tedious adjustments

Reduced geometric distortion and color correction for faster image output

Individual focus adjustment for each eye for glasses-free use

Diopter spread starting from +4.5 to -2, allowing you to find the optimal settings for most users

Removable faceplate

Microfiber layer with bamboo charcoal fibers for more comfort

Thicker foam padding for cheeks and rubber nose bridge for even more comfort

Optional USB 3 connectors.0

Built-in Surround Sound audio codec

Easy cable management and ergonomics

Signal Amplifiers

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OSVR™ is a virtual reality software platform designed to set an open standard for input, output and gaming devices to enable the development of a complete ecosystem in which everyone wishing to have an unforgettable virtual reality experience is provided with enhanced compatibility and hardware selection. Backed by industry leaders, the OSVR program brings developers and players alike together in a single platform. Plug in. Play Everything.

Full list of OSVR osvr members.org

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