With no data some 10 months after the announcement of its newest VR headset, the ConceptD OJO, we began to surprise what had come of the system. After reaching out to the corporate, Acer has confirmed to Street to VR that the headset has been cancelled.
Following its unique Acer WMR headset and the Acer OJO 500, the corporate had introduced in April final yr the latest OJO headset which was supposed to fall beneath the corporate’s new ‘ConceptD‘ model, a high-end product collection aimed toward skilled creators.
However the Acer ConceptD OJO isn’t any extra, the corporate confirmed to Street to VR.
A spokesperson supplied little in the best way of particulars, stating solely that “We now have determined to discontinue the event and manufacturing of the ConceptD OJO headset.”
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The ConceptD OJO was anticipated to be primarily based on the identical WMR monitoring and software program ecosystem as its predecessors, and touted some spectacular specs: 2,160 × 2,160 decision per-eye (matching the HP Reverb) with IPD adjustment, a removable visor, and a revamped head-mount with built-in audio. Whereas a worth for the headset was by no means introduced, we anticipated it could compete straight with the HP Reverb and be priced equally round $600.
It’s laborious to say why (or exactly when) Acer determined to cancel the headset, however we’ve two good guesses.
First, Acer’s VR headsets have been constructed on Microsoft’s Home windows Combined Actuality platform, which ties a few of the headset’s and software program to Microsoft’s will. In the previous couple of years Microsoft has proven little curiosity in additional growing the muse it created with the WMR VR headsets, and Acer could have been cautious about going additional down the rabbit gap with a platform which will wind up deserted.
Second, the corporate could also be extra broadly shifting precedence away from VR; this isn’t the primary headset Acer has cancelled, it additionally shelved the promising StarVR headset again in late 2018. Although StarVR was an outdoor enterprise, Acer took majority management of the corporate in late 2017. All appeared to be going nicely, even proper as much as taking developer pre-orders for the headset, however then fairly all of a sudden the venture went up in smoke.
That was a couple of months previous to the announcement of the OJO ConceptD headset (which even appeared to borrow from the StarVR head-mount design). Nevertheless it’s doable that it merely took this lengthy for a similar forces that led to the cancellation of StarVR to meet up with the OJO ConceptD.
We’ve reached out to Acer to be taught extra about their future plans for VR, and the destiny of their unique Acer WMR headset and the OJO 500.