In case you weren’t aware, Virtual Reality has become a pretty big thing in gaming over the past year or so. The Oculus got folks interested, but now we’re seeing a number of manufacturers get on the bandwagon. Razer is one of them, and the Razer OSVR headset just got a nifty new addition in the form of Leap Motion hand tracking.
As cool as VR headsets are, the fun can only go so far which tends to limit how deep you find yourself immersed in the VR experience. There are a number of ways to “extend” that experience through wireless controllers and NFC triggers, but again, it’s only going to take you so far. If you want something more in-depth, Leap Motion has the answer with hand tracking, and they’re bringing it to the Razer OSVR headset.
The upcoming Razer OSVR headset dev kit is set to ship out soon, and anxious developers can now add a little Leap Motion to the mix. You’ll be able to pick up an optional faceplate with Leap Motion’s hand tracking tech baked in, and it’s the kind of tech that can open up some interesting possibilities for developers. From swinging virtual swords to manipulating objects in a virtual space, the possibilities are endless when you can use your hands.
While the Razer OSVR headset doesn’t ship out to developers until June, adding Leap Motion’s tech is an exciting prospect. Being able to work with things in a virtual world would be a trip, but the tech also allows for “Augmented” reality which means you could see some of your surrounding (with overlays) while you game. The special faceplate is already available for the Rift D1 and D2, and Leap Motion is looking to hook up with more manufacturers to expand.
At this time, there has been no word on when consumers will be able to get their hands on a Razer OSVR headset, but we expect things to move rather quickly once the dev kits start to roll out. VR is already here and will be a presence this holiday season, now we just have to wait and see if the Razer OSVR headset is on everyone’s holiday wish list.
via – Engadget