Chinese Reveal Oculus Rift Competitor; Virtual Reality Device ANTVR Kit Now Live on KickStarter

Fahad Arif
Posted 2 years ago

Virtual Reality is the most advanced and somewhat ornamental trend that has got a load of the entire gaming industry. It is like game boy’s fantasy coming true. Until few years ago, virtual reality was manifested as just a dream, but now, everyone can get their hands on virtual reality headsets that are manufactured by several companies. Jumping in the race of virtual reality with its VR headset is apparently the first Chinese firm known as ANTVR.

Chinese Reveal Oculus Rift Competitor – Assumed to be Better than Both Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus

The dominating virtual reality company these days, without any suspicion, is Oculus Rift, after all the Oculus VR has got some very high-profile endorsers. The company is also the oldest in this field of technology and its first dev kit attracted quite a huge torrent of people associated with the gaming industry. But lets not forget, Oculus VR is not the only company in the market that offers VR technology.

A few months ago, Sony decided to jump in the VR battlefield with its Project Morpheus virtual reality headset, and we know that Microsoft will also, sooner or later, become a part of the VR industry, but before that happens, we have another virtual reality device to get excited for. This one comes from a Beijing-based startup known as ANTVR, and it is called ANTVR kit. The VR device is already up in the Kickstarter campaign.

Assumed to be better than both Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus, ANTVR kit is expected to arrive soon. This VR headset device is apparently China’s answer to the Oculus Rift. TechInAsia were kind enough to grab Qin Zheng, the man behind ANTVR (pictured below), and ask him to clear some of our questions. Obviously, the first question he was asked goes; “how the device stacks up against competition like the Oculus Rift?” His answer? “The optics and the control system.”

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Using an aspherical lens on the optics front, ANTVR kit produces a true 4:3 display, which, unlike Oculus Rift’s spherical lenses, leaves no space for the edge distortion. But real charm is in the device’s control system. The device packs two built-in 9-axis IMU sensor for position tracking. If compared, Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus only have one each. ANTVR kit is also compatible with “anything that can put out an HDMI signal that can be picked up by the headset.” The device has already been tested with all major gaming platforms such as PC, PlayStation, Xbox and even Android. Popular games like Call of Duty, Need for Speed, Resident Evil have also been tried on it by the development team.

Below is a table sent by the head of the project. It shows how ANTVR kit stacks up against other big players like Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus.

ANTVR team has already raised $100,000 (at the time of writing) in the Kickstarter campaign and the goal set by the developer is $200,000. Go here if you want to back the Kickstarter. Below is the video that explains all about the new ANTVR kit.

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