Acer teams up with Starbreeze to launch a VR headset

Acer is a company which is struggling to find its feet within the competitive tech industry, but Acer is planning to enter the VR market with a virtual reality headset. The company has formed a joint venture with Starbreeze to design, manufacture and market the StarVR headset. There's only one issue for Acer and its new partner — they'll have to compete against Facebook, Sony and HTC.

While Acer has around $1.2 billion in cash, as well as the manufacturing capabilities to aid Starbreeze in bringing this VR dream to reality, it's still a company currently in a downward spiral. This venture will need to pay off but the company may have a slight edge on those who are already competing to establish themselves as the number one solution for VR, as noted in the report on Bloomberg.

"More importantly, Acer knows computers. And computing power is key to any virtual-reality system because of the intense graphics processing required to deliver an immersive 3D video experience."

It'll be interesting to see what kind of VR experience becomes the end product of this joint venture and if it's enough to turn things around for the struggling company.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • If they could figure out a way to make a truly affordable VR experience that isn't Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear (whatever it's called), but an HTC like feel, I think they could succeed. I know it may be very difficult but there's plenty of opportunity there for an affordable true VR headset. Of course it'd also have to be properly marketed. Posted via the Windows Central App for Symbian
  • PS-VR is affordable.
  • Do you need a PS to run it (I know very little about that VR headset)? Posted via the Windows Central App for Symbian
  • Yeah, that's why I wouldn't exactly call it affordable
  • Let's not forget that depending on what Sony announces at E3 you might have to pay out even more for the new version of the console if you want a good experience.
  • Also Win Central has a Symbian app? I thought Symbian was dead
  • Nah, I just have that to screw around with people, lmao. I have gotten so many people who question it though, lol Posted via the Windows Central App for Symbian
  • PSVR is also weak when compared to every other competitor in the market. Then there is the matter of only being limited to running on PlayStation hardware. And limited 3rd party support when compared with the competition. And finally when you consider that in order to get the most out of PSVR, you are going to have to buy a PS4K, it's actually a much more expensive option than advertised, with a final price point sailing north of $1,000. Ultimately making the PSVR the Fisher-Price option of the VR market, with a Mercedes Benz price tag.
  • Acer is in a downward spiral? When WC was reporting about their Jade Primo, they made it sound as if they are a big and solid partner for MS and now since that device is on the market... (wonder if they sold any of those at all)
  • Acer is still up against the other large PC manufacturers on the computer front and other large ones on the phone front. Even though it's an established name, their funds are limited compared to the competition.
  • Starbreeze should focus on its games ip and maybe even get Riddick or Darkness on BackCompat for Xbox one already...or new games, c'mon Starbreeze! =P Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 on my Lumia 950! Step off, haters! U-U