Virtual Reality headsets are like mascara. Funny how I could’ve chosen a thousand different analogies there but wanted to reach my female audience for a change. See, there’s sure a lot of commercials for mascara out there. It seems as though there’s a new one every week. Too many choices and how do you choose? VR has become just like this. I swear, the first headset we heard about years back was the Oculus Rift, and ever since then the technology has been unstoppable. Most headsets today feature a similar system, where a relatively high-end PC must be connected via wires or external devices to generate the images that behold in front of your eyes. However, during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, came an interesting announcement from graphics chip maker AMD, regarding an entirely new VR platform with the help startup Sulon Technologies.
The new Sulon Q headset will provide PC generated virtual reality experiences “tether-free”, which, unlike the Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear, and HTC Vive, mean no connection to a PC. All of the magic happening inside the headset is created inside the headset. The magic were talking about here is a Windows computer; a fully capable Windows 10 PC packed inside of something attached to your face. Awesome.
The Sulon Q is powered by an AMD FX-8800P APU, comes with 8GB of RAM, and an on board 256GB SSD. Most importantly, it’s display specs include a combination of quad HD OLED (that’s 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution), with AMD computing hardware, specifically the Radeon R7 GPU. Then you’ve got 3D spatial and audio processing (GenAudio’s AstoundSound), dual-noise cancelling microphones, a built-in 3.5mm audio jack, Sulon Q earbuds, an array of sensors including an accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, and 2 USB 3.0 ports (Cnet).
Absolutely everything is there, right inside the headset. No cabling, no mess. Also, no need to worry about such a comprehensive, expectedly competent headset having the huge downfall of feeling like a brick attached to your face. The Sulon Q is most definitely being pitched as “lightweight”, says Engadget. You can also enjoy the provided wireless keyboard and mouse, or utilize your very own controllers or joysticks that are Windows 10-compatible as well. Well, we sure know a lot about what to expect from the upcoming AMD/Sulon VR headset. What we don’t know yet, is how well this device will perform. It’s estimated arrival looks like somewhere around late spring.
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