‘We’re continuing to explore & invest in XR’ – Road to VR

Following affirmation of the cancellation of its newest ConceptD OJO VR headset, Acer says it’s nonetheless within the XR sport.

Earlier this week Acer confirmed that it determined to cancel its ConceptD OJO headset; it had been 10 months because the headset was introduced earlier than the corporate confirmed it had been canned.

'We're persevering with to discover & spend money on XR' – Street to VR 9Acer’s ConceptD OJO headset | Picture courtesy Acer

The corporate didn’t provide any actual particulars on the reasoning behind the choice, although we speculated that Acer could also be shifting priorities away from VR. Once we reached out to make clear, the corporate instructed us that it nonetheless has pores and skin within the sport.

“Acer continues to discover alternatives and make investments sources in XR-related applied sciences,” a spokesperson instructed Street to VR.

It’s a seemingly deliberately obscure assertion; our learn is that the corporate doesn’t have concrete plans proper now however isn’t dropping VR both.

In terms of Home windows VR headsets (like Acer’s), Microsoft is the linchpin because it creates and controls key and software program for the WMR platform. Nonetheless, the corporate has proven little curiosity within the VR finish of the WMR platform within the final 12 months or two (as a substitute focusing closely on its first-party HoloLens), leaving headset companions like Acer within the lurch. With out seeing a lot enthusiasm from the important thing stakeholder in WMR, it’s comprehensible that it could be troublesome for Acer to make future commitments.

The Acer spokesperson additionally instructed us that the corporate, “continues to assist the gross sales and repair of the Acer OJO 500,” its enterprise-focused headset which launched in late 2019, a 12 months after initially anticipated.

'We're persevering with to discover & spend money on XR' – Street to VR 10Acer’s OJO 500 headset | Picture courtesy Acer

Although we requested about it particularly, the spokesperson averted mentioning the first-generation Acer WMR headset (launched in 2017), which suggests the headset has been discontinued. As we noticed again in mid-2019, most of the unique Home windows VR headsets, together with Acer’s, had vanished from the Microsoft retailer after apparently being discontinued.