A company named True Player Gear, based in Canada, is making a competing or what will be a competing VR headset. They call theirs Totem, which is a name taken from the movie Inception.
It looks neat. The show Road to VR has an interview with the companies CEO, Bertrand Nepveu. Check it out here: Exclusive: ‘Totem’ VR Headset to Compete with the Oculus Rift, CEO Shares Inside Details.
The specs for this head set are similar to Oculus’ DK2. However the field of viewer is only 90 degrees. We have recently heard developers talking about how important it is to have a wide field of view. So, that may be a slight disadvantage.
They are going for the 1080p screens. That should give good resolution. Still, it is at the limit of what Michael Abrash thinks is acceptable for a good immersive feel. They say they are low persistence, but they don’t put a number on it.
They are planning to do a Kickstarter and put out a development kit.
Their claim to fame right now is they are not owned by Facebook. Those that are abandoning Oculus because of the FB purchase now have a place to run to.