After his original headset Acer is Acer OJO 500 in April last year, the company announced its newest headset OJO, which was to fall under the new brand ConceptD — a series of high quality products designed for professionals.
But Acer ConceptD OJO is no more, confirmed the company.
Press Secretary Acer said that “we have decided to discontinue the development and production of headsets ConceptD OJO”.
It was expected that ConceptD OJO will be based on the same ecosystem, and tracking software WMR that its predecessors, and presented some impressive specifications: a resolution of 2160 × 2160 on the eye (corresponds to HP Reverb) hardware setup IPD and a removable front panel and an upgraded head mount with built-in audio. Although the price of the headset was never announced, it was expected that it would compete directly with HP and Reverb will cost about $ 600.
It’s hard to say why (or rather when ) Acer has decided to abandon the headset. There are at least 2 versions of this.
First, the VR headset Acer was built on the Microsoft Windows platform Mixed Reality. In the last few years Microsoft didn’t show much interest in further development of the platform, created using WMR VR headsets, and Acer may have been afraid “to go further down the rabbit hole” with a platform that can be neglected.
Second, the company can shift its priority from VR; this is not the first headset that Acer was canceled, it had also shelved a promising headset StarVR at the end of 2018. Despite the fact that StarVR was some other enterprise, at the end of 2017, the company Acer has taken a controlling stake in the company. It seemed that everything goes well until the pre-orders of the developers on the headset, but then quite unexpectedly, the project collapsed.
It was several months before the announcement of the headset OJO ConceptD (which even seemed partially borrowed from the design StarVR). But it is possible that it took so long to come to the same result as in the case of StarVR.