ANTVR: Oculus Rift Contender Hits Kickstarter For Production Funds

Chinese technology startup ANTVR is hoping to raise enough funds through Kickstarter to produce a serious Oculus Rift contender.

The ANTVR headset features full HD (1920 x 1080) screen with 100 degrees field of view (FOV), which the design team likens to "having the best seat in an Imax theatre." It is compatible with PlayStation, Xbox, PC and Android.

The headset is bundled with an interesting light gun controller that can be morphed into a steering wheel or gamepad shapes. Each of the headset and the controller includes a separate low-latency 9-axis motion detection unit.

ANTVR supports both wired and wireless HDMI connections. It is powered by two 18650 batteries that can last for 8 hours when using wired connection or 3 hours when using WHDI. The batteries are inserted into the gun controller the same way shotgun shells are fed into a shotgun, so players can "reload" spare batteries while playing.

ANTVR design and development has already been complete and the company has turned to Kickstarter to collect the necessary funds for production. At the time of writing, 445 backers have already pledged more than $163,000 of the project's $200,000 goal.

ANTVR has some really interesting design decisions, but will raising funds through Kickstarter be enough for it to compete with Facebook's Oculus Rift.

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