Starbreeze AB and Acer Inc have signed a letter of intent for partnership to produce top quality StarVR virtual reality (VR) headsets.
The potential corporate partners aim to collaborate on the design, manufacturing, promotion, marketing and sale of the StarVR head-mounted display (HMD) headsets for the professional- and location-based entertainment market.
VR is the computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with by sight or sound, among other senses, in a seemingly real or physical way. The person may use special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with the sensors.
Bo Andersson Klint, Starbreeze CEO, says: “Since our launch in June 2015, we have had an amazing start with StarVR. By partnering with Acer, we shift gears yet again to firmly position us as the leader in top-end VR experiences. Acer is an excellent, experienced and prominent hardware partner that will accelerate us in realizing and producing a high-definition, high-fidelity VR headset.”
Klint adds, “We’ve been working with a clear roadmap for our VR strategy from day one, and are now about to realize one of the first major collaborations we set out to achieve. The future for StarVR is now set and extremely exciting.”
Also commenting, Jason Chen, Acer Corporate President and CEO says: “Acer is thrilled to join forces with Starbreeze in bringing the StarVR head-mounted display to the market.
“We are devoting R&D resources across multiple aspects of the VR ecosystem for a coherent and high-quality experience, while just last month, Acer announced powerful desktops and notebooks fully-ready for StarVR. Starbreeze and Acer share the same goal of delivering best-in-class VR applications, and we look forward to unlocking new VR possibilities together with this partnership.”
Starbreeze launched StarVR at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June 2015 by the acquisition of French company Infinite Eye that brought the StarVR HMD technology and an outstanding and agile engineering team into Starbreeze.
After the launch, the VR-experience was brought on the road, entertaining thousands of consumers. In January 2016, Starbreeze unveiled its location-based StarCade initiative, introducing VR centers to allow customers to immerse themselves into premium VR experiences.
According to both companies, the letter of intent forms the basis for ongoing discussions regarding a definitive agreement to form the joint venture, subject to the parties’ board approval.