We have seen all the big plans of the even bigger names for the most awaited tech event CES 17. Microsoft, Acer, HP, Samsung all have laid out their cards on the table and now Lenovo is taking another swing at gaming. After revealing their monstrous Legion lineup, Lenovo just showed off their very first VR headset.
It is a prototype device, that is compatible with Microsoft’s Holographic platform, that is expected to hit the shelves after the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update, some time in April. Apparently, Lenovo has taken the first spot for manufacturing an affordable VR headset running the Windows Holographic platform.
The full feature set of this VR marvel is still to be revealed, as the headset brought to the convention is a non-working prototype. But here are a few things we do know.
Lenovo Holographic headset VS Oculus Rift and HTC Vive:
Lenovo claims that their Holographic VR headset is comparatively smaller and lighter from the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. Lenovo’s final product is to weigh 350g versus the Vive’s 555g. Another favoring aspect for Lenovo’s product, the headset offers a higher resolution than either the Rift or Vive. There are two 1440×1440 OLED panels, that appear to provide a better resolution than the other two contenders. But as it is a non-functioning prototype, it is better not to jump to conclusions before the actual release. Moreover, there are several critical aspects to be evaluated while determining the VR image quality than just pure screen resolution.
Pricing and Specs:
Lenovo has claimed their VR headset product to be pretty comfortable. The device is massively inspired from PlayStation VR’s approach. Given the suspending lens design in front of the user’s eyes rather than securing them in place with a strap.
Moreover, it is a room-scale VR solution, though you won’t need any mounting hardware. The Windows Holographic VR headset will support inside-out, six degrees-of-freedom tracking, eliminating the need for any external camera. A few downsides, it lacks motion controllers. So Lenovo will be relying on third-party solutions that will be manufactured to the Windows Holographic specification.
Summing up, Lenovo’s Holographic VR headset is capable of enabling Windows Store application to run in a theater-style floating viewer mode, along with converting some HoloLens software to the platform.
The price range of the “yet to be named” headset will be from $300 to $400.