Lenovo didn’t wait too long after CES began; on day one, we had pictures of the Lenovo prototype VR headsets. It wasn’t useable, but Lenovo shared with the press what they expect the VR headset to be like, including some of the targets they want to achieve.
At Microsoft’s Partner Showcase today, the company revealed more VR headsets being developed by its other OEMs; Acer, HP, and Dell have interesting ideas in the pipeline.
Lenovo let us mere mortals grab their VR prototype and play around with it for a bit; Acer, HP, and Dell, however, had their prototypes enclosed in a glass case. All anyone could do was gawk at their design, and move on.
The OEMs also didn’t reveal any details; so we can’t do much but speculate from what we can see in the images.
The HP headset looks quite freaky – it instantly reminds us of the Robocop suit, with cameras attached to the sides. It looks like a see-through screen; however, if that’s the case then the field of view looks quite limited.
It would be really cool if it starts glowing when it turns on, but that’s probably not going to happen.
Acer has an orange VR headset, that’s trying to be as conspicuous as it could possibly be. The aesthetic aside, Acer’s prototype looks similar to HP but not quite.
It looks like both headsets are using pretty much the same technology, but HP spent a little longer designing their headset.
Dell’s VR headset stands out in the crowd; it almost looks like it’s straight out of a futuristic sci-fi movie.
There’s very little we can grasp from the images, except that its black and white, and features a strap that looks an awful lot like the PlayStation VR.
2017 is the year of VR
2016 was meant to be the year of VR, and in some ways it was. Oculus Rift and HTC Vive’s launch earlier in the year built a foundation for the VR industry; Microsoft and OEMs are today building on top of that foundation.
Whilst 2016 gave us the first generation of high-end VR headsets – there’s a lot more to come. HTC and Oculus both are working on improving their headsets, while Microsoft and its partners are working on cheaper headsets that would prepare VR for mass adoption.
2017 is going to be the year of mass VR; cheaper headsets are going to flood the market, and help developers built the VR content the industry desperately needs.
These prototypes are expected to become commercial products by mid-2017; when they do, the future of VR will be in the hands of the people.
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