The market for virtual reality headsets is already getting pretty crowded with entries from Sony, Samsung, HTC, Facebook (Oculus) and more, but there’s still room for a newcomer that can set itself apart. Enter EyeForce, a powerful VR headset with one clear advantage over the rest of the industry: a significantly wider field of view.
EyeForce boasts a 210-degree FOV covering the full scope of natural human sight. That’s almost double the 110-degree FOV offered by the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. That extra-wide screen does look pretty dorky, but to be fair so does pretty much every other model out there.
The only other VR product that can match EyeForce in field of view is Acer’s Star VR, which will be limited to special virtual reality arcades. So if you want a totally immersive headset you can use at home this is your best option for now.
Under the hood, EyeForce packs some impressive hardware, including a 3840 x 1080-pixel OLED display, and offers 9-axis motion tracking. It requires a powerful Windows PC with at least a GTX970/AMD R9 290 graphics card; that’s pretty much the same as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive spec requirements.
Of course, the hardware powering EyeForce is only as good as the software it can run. This VR startup can’t offer blockbuster exclusives like Oculus or HTC. So instead it’s embracing Razer’s open-source OSVR platform, which already offers a handful of games and should continue to add more moving forward.
EyeForce is also a lot cheaper than the competition, starting at just $399 on Kickstarter, though it won’t actually ship until April 2017. The full bundle includes the headset, a gaming controller and a separate position-tracking device.
By backing a crowd-funded product you’re taking a pretty big bet that things will work out. Honestly, the project could easily run into delays or fall apart completely. But if EyeForce does succeed you’ll be rewarded with a pretty awesome virtual reality headset for a killer price.