PlayStation 4, Xbox One Latest News & Update: Universal VR Headset Ascend H1 Unleashes Next Year

By Regin Olimberio , Updated Dec 19, 2016 07:10 PM EST
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Here is a great news for gamers who are into cross platform; a universal third-party VR headset is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You heard it right, a VR headset that is selfless and will fare well on either console.

VR gaming is the new field where top console makers Microsoft and Sony are traversing. Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sport games that were optimized for VR in their library. Here is the problem, use PlayStation VR and you will never make it work with Xbox - at least without much tinkering involved.

A British company MVR is the answer to this and taunts that what they are trying to come up with a universal VR headset that can harness both consoles. MVR dubbed this universal VR headset as Ascend H1 which will unleash in summer of 2017. VRFocus reported that MVR originally sold their idea in an unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign, targeted at 150,000 British pounds.

Here is how Ascend H1 managed to make things work for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; a display unit called Ascend S1 screen acts as the headset's processor at the same time, PowerUp Gaming reported. However, there is another option but is limited to PlayStation 4 only; plug in an Android smartphone. Come to think of it, this technique is similar to that of Gear VR from Samsung.

Now to output the game in this universal VR headset, Remote Play App of Sony or Windows 10 game streaming service are needed. Further, it appears that Ascend H1 is also compatible with PC games if a screen mirroring app was installed.

Here is the fun part, Ascend H1 universal VR headset comes with either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One-copy controllers, depending on gamer's preference. These controllers can be used for all player movements, replete with head tracking through camera control input.

MVR Ascend H1 universal VR headset comes in summer 2017 and has a price tag of $240. It is noteworthy that this headset is cheaper by far compared to other headsets like PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

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