During GDC 2017, it’s been uncovered that the LG VR headset was going to be unveiled to developers and we have the pleasure of seeing it for the first time. Steam has partnered up with LG to create a new PC-based VR headset using SteamVR tracking.
This particular prototype by LG and Valve uses the same sensor tracking technology used in the HTC Vive headset. It has the capabilities of running at 90 frames per second, similar in many ways to the Vive. A cool feature about LG’s VR headset is that it can flip up. This is something that the VR community has been wanting for a very long time and it will be a feature for the upcoming LG headset.
LG has provided us with some specs to VR headset:
- Two panels (one for each eye) with a resolution of 1440 x 1280 each
- OLED display from LG
- 3.64 inches diagonal
- 90 Hz refresh rate
- 110 degree FOV
Similar to Microsoft, the LG VR headset will be shipping to ‘select partners.’ But instead of shipping next month, LG will be shipping their dev kit at the end of the week.
When you glance over the VR headset itself, it’s quite esthetically pleasing with curves that look solid. You’ll notice little dots on the front of the headset, which we believe it to be sensor oriented. The top of the headset features a bulge for your forehead placement. It’s similar to PS VR’s design in that manner.
The LG VR controllers look similar to the Vive controllers where they have a wand type of look. At the front tip of the controller, you’ll find divots for sensor tracking. There is a gaping hole in the middle as well. But instead of a nice circular look, LG has designed the controller to be a bit angular. You have the track pad in a similar location to the Vive controller along with the top button placement. But instead of having one singular button above and below the track pad, it’s two buttons at the top. Additionally, you’ll find the action trigger below the controller.
As far as the base station goes, they use Valve’s Lighthouse base stations which emits lasers to sweep the room. This is how it tracks your movement in the VR world. We can’t say for sure if Valve’s new base station will be used for the LG VR headset in the future.
According to LG, they’ll be making a public announcement in the near future in regards to their new VR headset. They’ll address certain issues and how they will created a successful VR headset.