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Starbreeze making its own VR hardware, shows off The Walking Dead VR demo

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Starbreeze Studios, the developer behind the Payday series and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, is the latest company getting into the VR game. Starbreeze announced StarVR today, a new head-mounted virtual reality display that promises the widest field of view available in any VR hardware.

To showcase the studio's new hardware, Starbreeze will demo its VR headset at E3 this week with Overkill Software's upcoming shooter based on The Walking Dead. Starbreeze showed the special demo at an event in Hollywood today. Polygon will offer hands-on details soon.

Starbreeze also announced today that it acquired French VR hardware developer InfinitEye, which will now be known as Starbreeze Paris.

StarVR promises a 210 degree horizontal field of view — the widest FOV in the world, Starbreeze boasted — and 5120x1440 resolution, thanks to dual 5.5-inch displays.

"The landscape of entertainment is rapidly transforming. Experiences are moving from linear to user-determined, pushing storytelling to responsive and inclusive formats. The virtual reality setting allows us to completely immerse our players in our games. Starbreeze is on the frontier of VR development and we see it as a new platform ready for AAA experiences in games such as Overkill's The Walking Dead", said Bo Andersson Klint, Starbreeze CEO, in a release.

"Virtual Reality is here to stay and will skyrocket the world of entertainment to a completely new level. At Starbreeze, we are set to be one of the frontrunners of this ground breaking development, bringing the next generation entertainment experiences to reality," Klint said.

StarVR will also feature complete orientation and position tracking thanks to a combination of gyroscopes, accelerometers, magnetometers and an optical tracking system. In a video released alongside the announcement, Starbreeze showed off the head-mounted display as well as a shotgun prop that's also being tracked positionally.

Starbreeze did not announce price or release date information.