By Laura Lutz, MTV News Staff WriterThe next wave of virtual reality headsets is about to come online, and it’s shaping up to be the most exciting time in human history.
The Oculus Rift is already out, but there’s been no shortage of VR headsets to choose from in the last year, with Samsung’s Gear VR coming out just a couple weeks ago.
A handful of other companies, including Microsoft, are also working on headsets, but the major player is now from Spectra, a company that has developed a virtual reality headset that’s built on the latest computing technology.
The company, which was founded by former Oculus employees, claims it can produce the most realistic VR experience on the market, which will have a range of features including motion capture, positional tracking, and a built-in microphone.
The device will be available in two sizes, and has a price tag of $199.
Spectra says its headset will be able to track a user’s position, with each person able to move around in a 3D environment, while the company is working on adding a variety of different motion sensors to help players interact in more realistic ways.
“We’ve got motion capture capabilities, we’ve got positional tracking capabilities, and we’ve even got microphone capabilities,” Spectra CEO Josh Bloch told TechCrunch.
“We’re also going to be able for them to have more dynamic and varied movements as well.”
The headset will have the ability to track up to three different users at once, which is a significant feature, but Bloch said the company has not yet revealed exactly how the motion tracking works, or how the microphone will be used.
Spectra’s headset will also be compatible with Oculus Rift, and there’s no word on if the company plans to release a version of the headset for the Oculus Rift that’s compatible with other headsets.
While Spectra is still working on a headset that it says will be capable of tracking up to four users at a time, it will likely come with an option to switch to a more expensive version of its headset at a later date.
Spectrum has not revealed pricing for the headset, but says it will be priced at $199, and that it will include motion tracking, positional audio, and microphone functionality.
Spectrabs headset will work with a variety for Oculus Rift.
Spectrum has partnered with Microsoft and Samsung to create a headset based on their respective VR headsets.
Bloch noted that the headset will support a wide range of gaming experiences, but noted that its not clear if it will support all of them, or if there will be a limited number of games compatible.
“If you’re going to have a game that doesn’t support it, we’re going out and finding ways to make it compatible,” Bloch explained.
“There will be games where you can use the headset to play, for example, with a PlayStation 4 game.
We’re going on a journey to make sure that all of those games are going to work.”
Bloch said that Spectra will be working with various developers to find the best ways to integrate the headset with their games.
For example, if a developer wants to make a VR game that uses motion capture and motion tracking in their game, Spectra said that the company will be looking for ways to enable it in their games in the future.
“As far as we know, the majority of the games that are going in to launch with Spectra have motion capture in them, so it’s really our goal to make them work across all of their games,” Bloches Bloch, said.
Bloch added that the Spectra headset will allow players to interact with the world in a very different way, and the company believes that players will be more likely to be immersed in the virtual world, as opposed to being forced to focus on a single object.
“What we’re doing is we’re taking a completely different approach, and when you’re in the game, you’re not looking at the big picture, you are in the VR world,” Blonch said.
“When you’re playing with the headset on, you don’t have to worry about looking at everything, and you’re able to really see things that you can’t see with the real world.”
Spectra has not released any specific specs, but claims to have developed a headset with a 3,000mAh battery and can run for up to 12 hours on a charge.
The headset will come with a wireless charging pad that will charge the headset from 0% to 90% in two hours, and Bloch stated that the headsets battery life will be comparable to other VR headsets on the same price range.
Blochers goal is to deliver the most immersive VR experience possible.
“The goal is not just to deliver an immersive experience, but it’s to make the VR experience even more immersive,” Blaches Blocher, said in a press release.
“With Spectra you can feel the impact of what you’re