We expect the first Windows Holographic headsets to hit the shelves after the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update some time in April, which means we should be seeing a few of them being shown off at CES this week.
Lenovo managed to get ahead of the queue with their of VR headset running the Windows Holographic platform.
The device is tethered and is lighter than most at around 350g. It features two 1440 x 1440 OLED display panels, delivering higher resolution to each eye that the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, and offers 6 degree inside-out tracking meaning users are fully tracked in space without any external tracking devices or camera, much like the Microsoft HoloLens. It also features two front-mounted cameras which enables augmented reality applications even without direct external vision.
The headset does not come with any motion controllers, but will be compatible with other Windows Holographic peripherals. It will also work with Windows Store apps and some HoloLens software.
The real kicker is the price, which is expected to be between $300 to $400, and closer to the lower number, which would be ground breaking for such a highly specified device. Competing devices with lower specs tend to cost $600 upwards.
With the best quality VR already running on Windows Microsoft has a clear opportunity to swoop in and standardize the field. Hopefully Lenovo’s device is just the start of that revolution.
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