With the apparent consumer release of the Oculus Rift drawing near in Summer 2015, those interested in the world of VR headsets now have a new challenger stepping up to the plate demanding their attention in the form of Totem.
A Canadian startup company named Vrvana, formerly True player Gear, unveiled a Kickstarter page showcasing the new virtual reality headset. It has been in development for nine years and is currently in its fifth iteration. It promises full HD OLED display as well as 90 degrees field of view.
With dual on-board camera lenses specifically built with individual lens focusing, Totem is designed with user comfort in mind. It has the ability to connect to any HDMI port that will support Side-by-Side 3D video or games as well. Also, as opposed to other VR Headsets that restrict head movement within the external tracking camera’s field of view, the Totem headset is capable of allowing users full freedom to move their head while playing thanks to the headset’s internal on-board cameras.
Vrvana states the Totem will be compatible with a variety of platforms like Windows, Mac, Linux, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It will also support emulated controls from USB mouse, Xbox controller and PlayStation controller.
With their Kickstarter lasting until October 15, Vrvana has currently already made nearly a third of their proposed $350,000 CAD goal. There are a variety of rewards for user pledges. Yet, those who are looking to get their hands on a developer kit for the headset need to pledge a minimum of $468. If that proves too steep for some users, a $100 rebate for the retail model of Totem is given to pledges of $55.
As a brand new competitor going up against the already established Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus, Totem serves to give the VR headset market some added alternatives. However, time will tell whether or not all three of the headsets will be able to diversify themselves enough to create enough healthy competition to spur consumer interest.
Those interested in the Vrvana’s Totem can find out more or support the project via Kickstarter. Early access to developer kit headset models is expected to be given to backers sometime in April 2015.