Intel’s Project Alloy Headset a Bet on VR’s Future

Published by , August 22, 2016 7:29 am

(Variety) Intel has officially unveiled its very own virtual reality (VR) headset Project Alloy. By introducing Alloy now, Intel essentially signals hardware makers that it is ready to be a part of the future of virtual reality headsets. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are already often powered by Intel chips are at the core of many gaming PCs. However, mobile VR headsets like Samsung’s Gear VR use phones to do the heavy lifting, and mobile has long been a sore spot for Intel, as most phones are powered by ARM chips.
However, the Alloy headset won’t actually compete head-to-head with the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Instead, it’s meant to be a reference design for other manufacturers — and a long-term bet to keep Intel relevant in the nascent virtual reality space. Intel plans to open source the Alloy design next year, and allow third parties to build their own headsets based on Intel’s reference design.