Asus announces Beyond VR ready certification program
Asus announces Beyond VR ready certification programAsus Press Kit

Leading gaming computer-maker Asus has initiated the "Beyond VR" programme to show its products are compatible with top branded virtual reality gear.

"The testing and configuration program involved ASUS and partner engineers cooperating on the optimization of firmware and drivers for superior VR compatibility and performance — and the creation of the ASUS Beyond VR Ready logo indicates products tested to deliver a reliable and immersive VR experience, [sic]" Asus said in a statement.

All "Beyond VR"-labelled Asus products will be compatible with the popular Oculus Rift VR headset and also the soon-to-be-launched HTC Vive, besides future virtual reality devices. Asus has opened a dedicated website (HERE) listing all the company's products compatible with VR gear. As of now, it consists of only PC hardware. The company is expected to add more devices in the website in coming days.

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The announcement by Asus on the "VR Beyond" programme comes at a time when more and more technology companies are pledging to bring their own virtual reality headgear.

Sony is slated to launch  the PlayStation VR, a virtual reality gaming head-mounted display, in October 2016 for around $400 (€348/Rs. 26,564).

Also read: Google plans to bring out a VR headset rivalling Samsung's Gear VR, possibly in September

Top smartphone brand Samsung, which has already unveiled the Gear VR, has commenced work on the more advanced virtual reality set capable of tracking hand and other gestures. But, it will take few more years, Variety reported, citing Injong Rhee, R&D head at software and services, Samsung.

According to global market research firm TrendForce, the total value of the VR market (including hardware and software) is said to touch $6.7 billion in 2016. It is slated to grow upward exponentially in the next few years and breach $70 billion in 2020.

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