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Huawei’s VR headset announced to compete with GearVR

by Dimitris Economou 2

What seems to be the next big thing for more than one industries today, is Virtual Reality. The first is the gaming industry of course and where it all started to become consumer oriented and the other is the mobile industry. The former is represented by devices like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive and the latter mainly by GearVR.

GearVR

Right now, and after the boost it got from Samsung along withe Galaxy S7 release, GearVR is the dominant system on this infant market. The difference between the two platforms, is that Oculus Rift and HTC Vive require a high-end computer to go run on and the GearVR and other mobile headsets just a high-end smartphone attached in fron of the mask.

Oculus Rift

This is the case with the newly announced Huawei VR (that’s the name for the time being). It has a slot on the front where the smartphone is attached and acts as a dual-screen setup. The Huawei VR headset will apparently be compatible with the company’s most recent like the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus as well as the bigger Mate 8. The only drawback to that, is the fact that all three models feature only a FHD (1920×1080) resolution display, which may not deliver the best result for VR as the display is really close to the eyes and as high as possible the resolution, the better.

HTC Vive

On the rest of the specs, the Huawei VR is equipped with adjustable lenses, an anti-blue light filter, as well as a touch panel, a back button, and a volume rocker on the right-hand side. The headset offers a 95-degrees field of view compared to 96-degrees FoV on the Samsung Gear VR, and reportedly it will be the first headset of its kind to deliver 360-degree sound.

Of course, no device is good without content for consuming and it seems that Huawei is fully aware of that and on the right track, as during the announcement the company claimed that at launch, it will offer over 4,000 free movies, over 40 games and 150 panoramic tours, and more than 350 panoramic images to browse through. Because of that, Huawei didn’t announce any details regarding pricing and availability. Stay tuned as we fetch more info as time passes by.

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  • balcobomber25

    I’ll stick with my free Star Wars Stormtrooper Google Cardboard for now.

    • NextHype

      No BoboVR Z4 or Virtoba X5 ?
      Its strange that Huawei is targeting 95° FOV while cheaper brands already have 120° POV…
      I think I’ll go for Virtoba, no use waiting for a 95° Huawei headset