While I thought I might have been finished with the tech expo known as CES 2024, turns out there was one piece of arcade news that was overlooked. Thanks to DPVR, we have the details on what that is, so lets take a look.
DPVR’s E4 Headset
The flagship product for the company has been the same one used on Raw Thrills’ upcoming Godzilla Kaiju Wars VR. When that game was on display at IAAPA 2023, it was the first time that I came across and used that headset. Per DPVR, here are the stats, although I believe what they mean by unveiling it at CES, is that it was the first time the general public had a chance to use it:
Built for PC VR players who enjoy AAA VR games on the Steam library, E4 boasts a 120Hz display and a lightweight 280g design. It is also the primary preference for sim racing fans. Based on the E4 model, the company unveiled its new commercial version at CES 2024, featuring an upgraded cooling system, stereo speakers, a longer detachable cable, and a leather faceliner. Designed for traffic use, it supports FEC owners in business transformation and revenue growth. Godzilla uses a modified DPVR E4, featuring 6 DoF, 4K 120Hz displays, and an expansive 116° FOV.
The official page for Godzilla is here, although it is a little bare bones at the moment. Below the pic is a quote from Eugene Jarvis about it all though.
“We were amazed by the response of the CES 2024 crowd lined up to play our revolutionary Godzilla Kaiju Wars VR XD arcade experience, “said Eugene Jarvis, Raw Thrills CEO. “The project would not have been possible without DPVR, and their fantastic E4 headsets. Their remarkable image quality, and lightweight user comfort elevated the Godzilla experience to the next level!”
DPVR’s New E4C Headset
CES 2024 also saw the arrival of a new headset that has been designed for arcade use – although consumers can grab one. This is replacing their E3C headset and it will be available for other arcade machines to swap out and use. Some already support multiple headsets, such as Andamiro USA’s SpongeBob VR Bubble Coaster, and I’ve heard of 3rd party kits swapping out headsets on Virtual Rabbids.
With the prevalence of its arcade display headset E3C, DPVR debuted the visually upgraded E4C at the Vegas trade show floor. This targets arcade equipment providers, emphasizing affordability, profitability, and an enhanced visual experience for players. The headset features a 4K display, 90Hz refresh rate, and a 116° field of view. Tailored for VR theme parks, it seamlessly integrates into VR roller coasters, rotation chairs, and sim rigs with a cost-effective 3 DoF design.
DPVR arcade headsets stand out for their robust durability and consistent performance. The E3C, with a commendable 7-year track record, has been a dominant force in the niche market for arcade equipment display accessories. Complementing this achievement, the E4 series is thoughtfully designed with customer needs in mind. DPVR goes further by offering customization services, ensuring their headsets meet the ever-evolving demands of the dynamic market.
“CES 2024 set a great platform for DPVR to connect with consumers and VR content providers,” expressed Derek Liu, VP of DPVR. “Being back on the Vegas trade show floor 5 years later, the team brings collaborative solutions with partners across various industries. The company holds the commitment to delivering accessible VR headsets for all walks of life. Besides the enterprise-focused solutions and customization services demoed on the spot, there could be more to expect from DPVR’s consumer product portfolio in the new year ahead.”
As such, DPVR is throwing their hat into the ring to get manufacturers to shake off the HTC Vive as the de facto industry standard. Will it work out like that? Time will tell – I imagine that will depend on the price and maintenance down the road. If it offers a better option in that regard, then perhaps you will see wider adoption; Godzilla is one example of that.
[Will the Apple Vision Pro become an amusement standard? That should be an easy no. I can’t imagine any sane company would put a $3500 set on a public system, even with attendants around.]
What are your thoughts on this?