The virtual reality world is still young and ripe for innovation, Oculus VR is the big name on campus at the moment and has the backing of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg scooped up Oculus in a forward thinking investment hoping to get a leg ahead of other companies who might have been thinking of tapping into VR. The Wall Street Journal is reporting a new kid on the block of VR is poised to make some waves, Google virtual reality.
According to The Wall Street Journal Google has begun assembling a team to begin testing and using its Android OS to power various virtual reality applications. According to sources Google plans on making this venture open source the same way it started Android off. Of course like Android, there will likely be major components of the project that will not be open source such as Google services. Oculus itself is a closed source platform only using its own hardware and software on its project.
RAZER is also working on an open source VR project of its own called OSVR and it will be interesting to see where they take their own project. With Google jumping into the fray this will certainly keep the others on their toes but more importantly two major open source projects versus one closed is what has my eye. Up until now the talk has revolved around Oculus Rift but we may very well see Google virtual reality and RAZER OSVR break out at next year’s CES. What do you think of Google’s potential entry into VR? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.