Intel has stated that they are cancelling their Project Alloy VR headset program due to lack of partner interest.
Project Alloy was first revealed last year where they were looking to launch an x86-based standalone VR headset. This new HMD was suppose to provide consumers with a mixed reality experience through an untethered solution. Back in January, Intel held a press conference where CEO Brian Krzanich announced that the first generation of these VR headsets will ship in Q4 of this year. That won’t be the case now.
“Intel has made the decision to wind down its Project Alloy reference design, however we will continue to invest in the development of technologies to power next-generation AR/VR experiences,” said Intel in a provided statement to RoadtoVR. “This includes: Movidius for visual processing, Intel® RealSense™ depth sensing and six degrees of freedom (6DoF) solutions, and other enabling technologies including Intel® WiGig, Thunderbolt™, and Intel® Optane™. All of these Intel technology solutions are supported by a robust portfolio of software capabilities, and we’re building out a VR support ecosystem, from software design kits to reference designs, to spur innovation that’s enabling rich and immersive content. Project Alloy served as a great proof of concept for Intel and the industry – showing what’s possible in a high-performance, immersive and untethered VR experience. What we’ve learned through Project Alloy will inform future efforts.”
Intel said that the decision to cancel Project Alloy was made over the summer due to the lack of partner interest. Some of the reasons may include technology and cost. Also, Microsoft has a full slate of VR headsets coming out for their Windows platform which creates a lot of competition.
While Intel has scrapped Project Alloy, they will continue to invest in VR and AR technology including their own platforms. We look forward to seeing how Intel will change the field in the coming years.