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Virtual reality kits, peripherals and gaming laptops create buzz at IFA

Razer's Open Source Virtual Reality kit aims for a fully customisable headset. — AFP picRazer's Open Source Virtual Reality kit aims for a fully customisable headset. — AFP picBERLIN, Sept 6 — Sony’s CEO talks up the Morpheus VR kit; Razer announces a shipping date for its own headset; Asus, Lenovo and Acer announce high-spec computers, and Samsung gets smart with a game rental company.

Project Morpheus

There was no price or a more specific date for Sony’s virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus, beyond the already announced January to June 2016 window, but Sony CEO Kaz Hirai, who had previously headed up the PlayStation division, was on hand to talk up the kit.

Having brought it to the Game Developers Conference, the Electronic Entertainment Expo and Gamescom, Hirai described Morpheus as “a remarkable innovation that showcases the future of gaming that pushes the boundaries of play.”

It “takes you beyond conventional gameplay,” “to worlds of unprecedented depth and perception,” and is “unlike anything that you’ve ever experienced,” he said.

Not surprising that he’d be so positive about his company’s own product, but unexpected that it should get a mention at the IFA.

OSVR

Morpheus isn’t the only VR kit in town, of course: Facebook-owned Oculus Rift certainly has the most momentum to date, having been available in various forms for three years after a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign.

But other companies are keen to make up the ground, high-end peripherals marque Razer among them with its Open Source Virtual Reality project in development.

Like Google Cardboard, it will be possible to download the blueprints and customize them to spec.

But Razer will be also selling versions 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 directly to consumers, with pre-orders now opening on October 1, it announced, and shipments taking place later in the month.

Acer

Acer introduced a new handset for its smartphone range, the Predator 6.

With a 10-core processor, four speakers, a 6-inch (15.2cm) display and 4GB of RAM, it even rumbles like a console controller during games.

Meanwhile, the company’s new Windows Phone, the Jade Primo, turns into a PC when connected to a keyboard; both devices attempt to blur the lines between mobile, console and computer gaming in their own ways.

No price or date.

Asus

Another Taiwanese manufacturer, Asus, unveiled a number of outrageous projects, among them the GX700 gaming laptop.

As well as a 4k UHD IPS display, which integrates with Nvidia’s onboard tech and G-Sync features, the GX700 comes with its own dock.

It’s a hefty, angular thing, which is actually a water cooler to help lower the laptop’s internal temperature for optimum performance. — AFP-Relaxnews

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