E3 2015: PDP Showcasing AR Project Delphi at E3, It’s Google Glass for Gaming

As companion apps have become more and more common, the problem has arisen, “where do I put my phone/tablet while I’m playing, so I can still see it and the game at the same time?”

Performance Designed Products (PDP) may have come up with a solution. It’s kind of out of left field, but it could potentially be really neat. They call it Project Delphi, an augmented reality headset that’s been designed to display Smart Glass and companion-app-type content on a virtual display projected into a player’s peripheral vision.

Project Delphi

Project Delphi

“You can think of Delphi as Google Glass for gamers, without the forward facing camera,” said Tom Roberts, CTO of Performance Designed Products. “It’s simple and flexible, yet powerful, in its hardware approach. Delphi displays whatever content users choose, from the companion apps to YouTube gameplay tutorial videos – all with an HDMI input. It allows a dual-monitor set up, except that monitor is a wearable.”

That YouTube part is interesting. Since not all games come with companion apps, they’ve still thought of a usage case that would apply to all games.

Project Delphi hardware includes an optical engine that simulates a 24” screen (at 4’ distance) with a 20 degree field of view. The Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCOS) display is a WVGA (800×480) resolution, offering a widescreen image and brightness control of up to 5000nits (~450 lumens). No price or release date was announced.

PDP is committed to investing in Augmented and Virtual Reality technologies,” said PDP CEO Chris Richards. “We are excited and optimistic about the future, not only as it relates to the Video Game space, but other industries as well.”

PDP will be showcasing a prototype phase Project Delphi at E3 this week. PSNation will be there too so for more E3 2015 all week, you know where to look.

Written by Albert Chen

Albert Chen

A student of games, I play a bit of everything because I like to see what’s out there. Nothing better than first hand experience when it comes to knowing about games. Current game obsession: Anything MOBA (Paragon, Battleborn, Heroes of the Storm), except, ironically, the most popular ones, LoL and DOTA2.

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