We recently covered that Microsoft is ushering in a new line of standalone VR headsets thanks to their new Windows Holographic platform. As well as the new platform, the future headsets aim to give users the same VR experience that you’d get on something like the HTC Vive while being more comfortable to use and wear. While the platform has been announced for quite some time, we haven’t seen much come out of it, until now as Lenovo just launched their first prototype Holographic VR headset supporting the new initiative.
The headset is targeted to weigh in at around 350g, making it strikingly less heavy than HTC’s Vive headset, which weighs in at 555g. Both of the headsets OLED displays will come in with a resolution of 1440 x 1440, making it a higher resolution than both the Oculus Rift and the Vive. However, the headset is currently in its prototype phase and rendering it nonfunctional, so there are no details on how the display looks in person.
There is tracking onboard as well, and it uses inside-out cameras to track things like position and item placement. However, there are no details on how the cameras or the Holographic platform will work, so we can’t comment on that just yet. Lenovo is also relying on third-party manufacturers to make controllers for the headset that meet Windows Holographic specifications.
Lenovo is saying that every Windows Store application will work in a theater-style floating viewer mode, so users will be able to play certain apps that are in the store that supports VR. There will also be some HoloLens software ported to the headset. As mentioned above, there are two cameras on the front of the device, meaning that Artificial Reality (AR) or Mixed-reality is a possibility on the headset, but details on image quality are next to nothing.
Lenovo is saying that the unnamed headset will ship sometime this year between $300 and $400, but the price isn’t set in stone yet, but it’ll be “closer to $300.” CES is just starting to get underway, so stay tuned to TechDependent for more CES 2017 coverage. To catch up on all the news that has happened so far, click here.