Public pre-orders for Razer’s OSVR headset are now open

There are a host of different companies that are currently hard at work to bring virtual reality to the masses — but while development kits are out in the wild, consumer units still seem a fair way off. Now, Razer is attempting to buck that trend, and is opening pre-orders for its Open Source Hacker Development Kit 1.3 to the general public.

The company is attempting to blur the line between developer and end user by offering the hardware as an open source piece of kit. With support already pledged by the likes of Intel and Gearbox, Razer’s strategy seems poised to bear fruit, especially since the headset is set to beat competitors, including the Oculus Rift, in reaching the marketplace.

Ahead of these open orders, Razer made 10,000 units available to pre-registrants — that number sold out completely, according to a report from Maximum PC. There’s a frothing demand for VR hardware, and it seems like the biggest problem for manufacturers is meeting it with devices ready for public usage.

However, Razer seems well aware that novelty value won’t be enough to keep VR afloat in the long term. The company’s OSVR program is attempting to build a platform that caters to both developers and consumers, offering easy access to tools and content to help the technology gain a foothold beyond being unconventional.

The headset being offered by Razer comes with an IR Camera operating at 100hz, as well as a 5.5-inch OLED 120hz silver screen that’s designed to offer low persistence for a better virtual reality experience. Meanwhile, an ergonomic design and plenty of USB 3.0 connectors offer an ideal balance of comfort and customization potential.

Pre-orders for the Razer OSVR Hacker Dev Kit 1.3 are now open, with the headset priced at $299.99. Hardware will begin shipping on November 23.

Computing

These laptop bags will keep your notebook secure wherever you go

Choosing the right laptop bag is no easy feat -- after all, no one likes to second-guess themselves. Here are some of the best laptop bags on the market, from backpacks to sleeves, so you can get it right the first time around.
Gaming

The best HTC Vive games available today

So you’re considering an HTC Vive, but don't know which games to get? Our list of 25 of the best HTC Vive games will help you out, whether you're into rhythm-based gaming, interstellar dogfights, or something else entirely.
Deals

The best cheap-but-awesome PS4 game deals under $20

The PlayStation 4 has hit its stride in recent years and is now more affordable than ever. If you have a PS4 or are thinking of buying one, we’ve collected some must-have games. The best part? Each of these is just $20 or less.
Emerging Tech

The 20 best tech toys for kids will make you wish you were 10 again

Looking for the perfect toy or gadget for your child? Thankfully, we've rounded up some of our personal favorite tech toys, including microscopes, computer kits, and a spherical droid from a galaxy far, far away.
Computing

These Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts will update your OG Windows skills

Windows 10 has many new features, and they come flanked with useful new keyboard shortcuts. Check out some of the new Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts to improve your user experience.
Computing

Protecting your PDF with a password isn't difficult. Just follow these steps

If you need to learn how to password protect a PDF, you have come to the right place. This guide will walk you through the process of protecting your documents step-by-step, whether you're running a MacOS or Windows machine.
Apple

iPhone users are finding themselves randomly locked out of their Apple ID

According to posts on Reddit and Twitter, it looks like users on Reddit and Twitter having some issues with their Apple accounts. Specifically, it seems as though users are getting randomly locked out of their Apple IDs.
Computing

Don't know what to do with all your old DVDs? Here's how to convert them to MP4

Given today's rapid technological advancements, physical discs are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Check out our guide on how to convert a DVD to MP4, so you can ditch discs for digital files.
Computing

Here’s how to install Windows on a Chromebook

If you want to push the functionality of your new Chromebook to another level, and Linux isn't really your deal, you can try installing Windows on a Chromebook. Here's how to do so, just in case you're looking to nab some Windows-only…
Photography

Edit portraits with A.I. and adjust focus in the new ON1 Photo RAW 2019 editor

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 now has a dedicated tab for portraits that automatically recognizes faces to help with retouching. The update also brings a new focus stacking tool, enhancements to layers, and improvements to local adjustments.
Computing

Your MacBook can live in the lap of luxury with this leather case

Though there are several cases which we think are best for covering up MacBooks, Twelve South's Journal case is one of the newest available, providing luxurious leather coverage for your Apple laptop.
Music

Here's our head-to-head comparison of Pandora and Spotify

Which music streaming platform is best for you? We pit Spotify versus Pandora, two mighty streaming services with on-demand music and massive catalogs, comparing every facet of the two services to help you decide which is best.
Computing

15-inch MacBook Pro gets more powerful with new AMD Vega GPUs

Confirming Apple's quiet October announcement, new configurations for the top-range 15-inch Apple MacBook laptop are now available, coming complete with AMD Pro Vega 16 or Pro Vega 20 graphics cards on board.
Emerging Tech

Intel’s new ‘neural network on a stick’ aims to unchain A.I. from the internet

To kick off its first developer conference in Beijing, Intel unveiled the second generation of its Neural Compute Stick -- a device that promises to democratize the development of computer vision A.I. applications.