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Fading Acer Makes Virtual Reality Gambit to Turn Things Around

  • PC maker teams with Starbreeze, IMAX on pricey headsets
  • Acer also sees elder care, sports boosting potential growth

Acer Inc.’s best chance of regaining relevance in the brutal arena of computing gadgets may be a big gamble on virtual reality.

The personal computer maker that once led the world in laptops is jumping into VR, but with a twist. Chief Executive Officer Jason Chen is staking his company’s turnaround on ultra high-end headsets far pricier than Facebook Inc.’s Oculus Rift or HTC Corp.’s Vive.