Sony unveils wearable “virtual cinema”
Sony has gone back to the future with the release of a wearable headset display for watching 2D and 3D content, which looks like a throwback to the early days of virtual reality.
According to the company, the £480 “Personal 3D Viewer” is based on OLED technology and features separate feeds for each eye that should produce a smoother 3D effect.
The real advantage, claims Sony, is the high-resolution display, which gives the user a similar experience to sitting in front of a 750in screen.
Slip the device onto your head to experience the movie theatre-like virtual screen expand before your eyes
“Slip the device onto your head to experience the movie theatre-like virtual screen expand before your eyes,” the company said at the launch in Japan.
The headset is equipped with dual 0.7in high definition OLED panels at a resolution of 1,280 x 720, and Sony claims the pairing reduces the disorientating “cross talk” that can spoil 3D. Surround sounds has also been built into the headset.
“Combined with the high-resolution 3D picture quality, viewers will be able to fully enjoy powerful acoustics equivalent to a maximum of 5.1 through the left and right headphones alone,” the company said.
The company said the headset would be available in Japan from 11 November, but could be sold in Europe in time for Christmas.