Acer partners with Starbreeze for entry into VR market

Acer partners with Starbreeze for entry into VR market
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Acer has a diverse consumer technology portfolio, although the company has become most recognisable for its powerful line of ‘Predator’ gaming PCs in recent years. Virtual reality is a market which Acer is yet to enter, but a partnership with Starbreeze is about to change that. 

Starbreeze is the creator of the StarVR headset, a HMD (Head Mounted Device) which features a “unique 210-degree horizontal field of view” to ensure wherever a user’s eyes move it will not break the immersion like some other headsets whilst also maintaining the 360-degree head tracking of competitors. In addition, dual quad-HD panels ensure a panoramic resolution of 5120×1440 for high-fidelity entertainment. 

“Since our launch in June 2015, we have had an amazing start with StarVR. By partnering with Acer we shift gears yet again to firmly position us as the leader in top-end VR experiences. Acer is an excellent, experienced and prominent hardware partner that will accelerate us in realizing and producing a high-definition, high-fidelity VR headset,” said Bo Andersson Klint, Starbreeze CEO. “We’ve been working with a clear roadmap for our VR strategy from day one, and are now about to realize one of the first major collaborations we set out to achieve. The future for StarVR is now set and extremely exciting.” 

Without a partnership with a technology giant like Acer, Starbreeze would have little chance of success against the likes of Oculus and HTC. Truly engaging virtual reality experiences take a large amount of computing power, and the ability to harness Acer’s expertise in this area is sure to help StarVR compete against the established players. 

“Acer is thrilled to join forces with Starbreeze in bringing the StarVR head-mounted display to the market,” said Jason Chen, Acer Corporate President and CEO. “We are devoting R&D resources across multiple aspects of the VR ecosystem for a coherent and high-quality experience, while just last month Acer announced powerful desktops and notebooks fully-ready for StarVR. Starbreeze and Acer share the same goal of delivering best-in-class VR applications, and we look forward to unlocking new VR possibilities together with this partnership.”

Starbreeze launched StarVR with a VR-experience at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June 2015 by the acquisition of French company Infinite Eye, that brought the StarVR HMD technology and an outstanding and agile engineering team into Starbreeze.  

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