There have been two huge barriers that have stopped me from considering (and as such, trying) VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. Firstly, the cost of getting one (beyond that of building a system capable of running it) was well outside my budget. Secondly, programs being locked to specific headsets had me worried that I wouldn’t be able to run the games I wanted to. Most of the big projects cater to both, but it’s still a risk I wasn’t willing to take. Both of those reasons combined ensured I stayed well away, despite being mere feet away from demo booths over the last few years.

Look, I didn’t want to get excited by the awesomeness and begin counting the pennies until I had one, okay?

Today’s re-reveal of the Open Source Virtual Reality headset from Razer could change all that as the HDK 2 model aims to address both my concerns. Described as “an open standard for Virtual Reality input devices,” HDK 2 boasts specs that put it in line with both the Vive and the Rift, offering 2160×1200 resolution on OLED screens with 90hz refresh rate. While it doesn’t include any headphones, it does support most input controls, allowing consumers to pick and choose how much they wish to spend overall.

As the name suggests, the open source nature of the product means that not only could you build your own device (in theory), it seeks to be a product capable of running any VR experience. While Oculus exclusive titles are compatible at the moment, anything that runs on SteamOS will work on the HDK 2. That’s a decent library to get going with.

With a price tag of around $399, it’s also one of the more affordable VR headsets, even with the idiotic currency translation we in the UK usually suffer from. In short, Razer are making all the right noises, but support for Oculus products will be crucial to its success. After all, if Sony were to find a way to make the PSVR universal (being at around the same price point as the HDK 2) we might start to have a truly competitive market for VR headsets, which is the best thing for everyone. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about its performance during the course of E3, but you can learn more about the HDK 2 (and order one) by heading over to the OSVR website.