Lenovo's new VR Headset solution is an elegant piece of hardware
Note: This article was first published on 4th Jan 2017.
VR is still a huge deal this year at CES, and Lenovo's reveal of its self-branded VR headset caught us by surprise. In the pleasant way.
It was kept with such a high level of secrecy, in fact, that Lenovo has not even come up with a proper marketing name for it yet. It is just simply known as the Lenovo VR Headset at CES. The set shown at the CES preview event wasn't even a working model. But thanks to the very-helpful Lenovo staff who walked us through the headset, here's what we know about.
The VR Headset is built for the Windows Holographic platform, and seems to have a lot going for it: it's lighter and remarkably more comfortable than the HTC Vive, Oculus and even the PlayStation VR, has a pair of high resolution 1,400 x 1,400-pixel resolution displays and will be sold for anywhere between US$300-$400. That makes it quite possibly the cheapest VR Headset at CES.
The Lenovo VR Headset will also be easier to set up because it uses a pair of front-mounted cameras to get depth information. It also just uses two cables running off of it. Consider that the HTC Vive's complex (and frustrating) setup and the bulky tangle of cables that come with it, and solutions like Lenovo's VR Headset just made VR more elegant to use. Lenovo also isn't making its own controllers, so future owners will have to be content with an Xbox One controller, or other third-party controllers that is built according to the Windows Holographic specifications.
The cost of entry into VR gaming is always expected to come down sooner than later, and we will see more companies the likes of Lenovo developing their own less expensive VR headsets. As it is, HP, Dell, Acer and even ASUS already have plans to release their very own lower-cost VR headsets.