Asus VR Headset Appears at Computex Taipei 2016

    Computex Taipei 2016 is due to begin tomorrow and the event is set to feature a wide roster of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology. VRFocus has already reported that MSI will be showcasing a new generation of VR laptops and a mobile backpack PC. Asus has now held its pre-event press conference and while it didn’t mention VR, the demo area did showcase an unseen head-mounted display (HMD).

    Named ‘Asus VR’ reports The Verge, the headset had no description or further details attached to it, but the images do reveal a few telling features. The design echo’s that of Samsung Gear VR with what looks like a touchpad on the right hand side, a rocker switch for volume and a possible back button towards the bottom.

    Most striking though is the addition of stitched leather straps. Certainly giving the headset a bolder design, actual practical comfort isn’t likely to be any different with the straps aimed at the more fashion conscious VR consumer.

    Whether this is just an example of Asus’ VR plans or if the HMD is likely to see the light of day isn’t clear currently. But more and more smartphone manufacturers are jumping into the VR boat. Recently OnePlus revealed it was giving away 30,000 of its new Loop VR HMD’s to any customers quick enough to order one, the only condition was paying for shipping. This was done in partnership with ANTVR to promote the OnePlus 3 smartphone.

    And if you missed it, Google also happened to unveil a new device called Daydream, earlier this month. This is cementing Google’s plans for VR, with multiple partnerships announced for content, an open reference design so multiple manufacturers will make Daydream, and its own dedicated controller.

    As and when Asus unveils further details on the ‘Asus VR’ HMD, VRFocus will bring you the latest.