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Sony’s $999 personal 3D viewer headset now available to pre-order in the US

The site adds that the device is wireless, packs two LED screens that can display a simulated 750-inch screen, and 7.1 channel surround sound. It also supports movies in 3D, and is compatible with PCs, game consoles, smartphones and tablet devices.

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The_Infected997d ago

Only $999! When the price hits $200-$300 this will be feasible.

Thehyph997d ago

This isn't their VR headset to compete with Oculus Rift... Sony has been making stuff like this for a while now.

This article shouldn't be on the site IMO. It's, essentially a TV/home theatre that mounts on your head instead of a wall/TV stand.

ChrisW997d ago

Oculus also has 3D movie viewing capabilities.

Thehyph997d ago

That wasn't my point. My point is that this device isn't made any more specific for gaming than a TV. So why is it on this site? The same could be said about any piece of hardware that is not primarily for gaming.

It says right in the article that this is not Sony's VR device. There's a lot of comments on here that appear to have missed that.

QuickdrawMcgraw997d ago

Same reason the Xbox1 is on this site.

ChrisW997d ago

Uhhh... I'll buy Oculus Rift instead.

WarThunder997d ago (Edited 997d ago )

Yea me too. Oculus Rift is $399 right?

Hope Sony cuts the price of their personal 3D viewer headset.

Zancruz997d ago

Wow $1000! Really? I can see $500, But a $1000.... Pass!

MartinB105997d ago (Edited 997d ago )

I hate the way they hype a product using meaningless specs. Simulated 750-inch screen? At what simulated distance? Three metres? Three miles? A simulated screen size is useless without knowing the simulated distance.

Also, for those not clear, this is not a VR headset; rather it's a personal viewer. That is, it doesn't do head-tracking and the image doesn't fill your peripheral vision, so you just see the rectangular picture surrounded by black.

Nerdmaster997d ago

There's a link to Sony’s product site on the article. The main purpose of the article is to say that it's now available to pre-order, not to list every spec.

"The Personal 3D Viewer simulates a 750-inch screen 65 feet away"

annus997d ago

"Feel like you're sitting 20 rows (65 feet) back from a spectacular 750-inch movie screen."

That's from the source. Seems quite pointless buying something like this though. Why would you wan't to feel like you are sitting far away? I guess the only good thing about this would be that it blocks your peripheral so you only concentrate on the screen. FOV of 45 is pathetic in comparison to Occulus Rift's 90, but I guess they aren't really trying for the same crowd. Probably has a much better looking screen, but I don't see many buying it for that price.

RealityCheck997d ago (Edited 997d ago )

The specs are quite underwhelming. They are comparing this product to a virtual movie theater but the headset screens are only 720p while in movie theaters they are 4k or about 2160p. For this being their 3rd gen product and not even being 1080p is disappointing.

Virtual Image Size
750 inch in 20m distance

Display Resolution
1280 x 720

Field of View
45 degree

From: http://www.sony.co.uk/produ...

SmoothC911997d ago

^this
If it was 1080p I'd actually consider getting one, but considering the 720 spec at that distance, I can envision it being a bit muddied with no real definition

thejigisup997d ago

@smoothc911, 720on this device is pretty damn good and its Crystal clear I'll tell you that you thinking the image is muddied is false and there is quite a bit of definition, both of those screens are amazing.

prodg52996d ago

You would have to process two 1080p resolutions at once. That would take a lot of power and not necessary when the screens are small. 720p would actually look really good.

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