It only takes a minimal glance at Facebook’s trajectory to see that Mark Zuckerberg should not be allowed to dominate the augmented / virtual reality sector. But with Oculus, that’s precisely what it’s trying to do. Fortunately, third-party candidates are appearing to give the big tech giant real competition: In our estimates, the most promising of the package is the next open source-based “mixed reality” headset, Lynx, which aims to loosen Zuck’s tighten the grip of the space as early as next year.
Since the next realm will be transformed into the Internet, it’s no wonder Zuckerberg would love to own the metaverse or the devices we use to connect to it. Let’s be honest, the Facebook tsar would love to have almost everything he finds, but yes particularly he was doing jazz on augmented reality and virtual reality headphones right now.
Unfortunately, VR / AR technology requires a certain amount of funding, time, and market share to really get started with consumers, which means there really aren’t that many options right now other than Sony PlayStation VR and Facebook Line of Things. ‘oculi. The first promises to be relatively expensive in the coming years, and the other is … well, it’s Facebook, so that sort of thing says everything you need to know. This and the Facebook account of the Oculus Quest, though mandatory.
But Lynx hopes to offer something else. Take a closer look at its design below, along with details of the Kickstarter plans and post the chronology of the mixed reality headphones.
Lynx’s plan to stay exposed – The key to Lynx’s strategy is its commitment to an “open ecosystem”, the creator of the headphones, Stan Larroque, he explained to Entrance by email. “Our SDK will be open source, you will be able to customize the launcher and experiences to a great level and we are also committed to OpenXR maximizing cross-device compatibility. We need it in the industry.”
According to Larroque, his team also plans to support as much software as possible from day one, including SteamVR. “Some developers are already bringing their games and apps to the Lynx platform,” he mocks, though no specific names or titles were provided.
Potentially more expensive, but transparent: While there are no exact figures yet, Larroque says his team aims to announce the price to the consumer next month and that they are trying to make sure their headphones stay in a range below $ 1,000. It’s certainly a little more expensive than a Quest 2, but it certainly looks like customers will get exactly what they pay for.
Last week, Larroque offered an update via Twitter on Lynx’s progress in noting that the company decided to remove eye tracking technology from the device for space and cost reasons. Many had previously ordered a Lynx, so to make up for it, Larroque pledged to “refund all previous orders and also return a promotional code” for the next Kickstarter.
Talking about this Kickstarter – In this regard, Lynx’s official Kickstarter will launch in September, with the intention of starting sending headphones to customers in February 2022. There will be several ordering options, but our eye is definitely on the special edition of Lynx, which promises to ship with a fully transparent front cover.
It’s still early for third-party VR / AR headphone options, and hopefully many of us may always want an Oculus for our “mixed reality” excursions thanks to companies like Lynx.