Virtual reality has been a particular obsession in Silicon Valley for the past couple of years. This year’s seeing a new twist in the VR race: low-cost gadgets. Competitors to VR giants like Oculus are offering headsets that cost less than $500 to capture the budget audience. If you have always been interested in VR, but didn’t have enough money to buy a headset, you may be in luck this year. Lenovo has announced a new VR headset costing less than $400 that will be released later this year.
The Lenovo Headset
Not much is known about this budget VR headset as of yet. Lenovo has yet to release the name of the device. However, the company has said that the cheaper headset will be smaller and lighter than the popular Oculus Rift. It’s said to weight about 350 grams, which will make it lighter than even HTC Vive.
Lenovo has reportedly designed the headset to put the weight on the forehead rather than the bridge of the nose. So it should be far more comfortable to wear than other headsets available right now. The design is also said to have a hinge that allows users to easily lift the headset up to get a break. Most devices available now have to have the entire system removed to give the eyes a break.
The display of the headset is reportedly 1440×1440 panels, which is impressively higher than both Rift and Vive. However, reviewers have not been able to test this claim. Lenovo did show some reviewers a prototype. The headset comes paired with the brand’s latest Legion Y720 gaming notebook. The notebook seems to have an Entertainment Hub to connect the headset.
The headset is also said to use unique six-degrees-of-freedom tracking without the need for an external camera setup. The headset comes with two front-facing cameras embedded inside. So users can get full-scale VR experience inside a room.
Lenovo has big plans for the headset. The company will be providing content through the Entertainment Hub. In a demo, Lenovo used a headset to show a movie where the viewer can get the experience of sitting down in front of a giant IMAX screen.
The headset will also connect to Windows Holographic system, but no word so far on how this would work out. There’s a lot of anticipation to see what the headset can do. No release date has been announced yet, but keep your fingers crossed.