Lenovo has revealed the first Windows Holographic VR headset at the CES 2017 event in Las Vegas.
Microsoft previously announced the Windows Holographic VR headset at its Windows 10 Creatures event. During the reveal, it confirmed that it would be working with multiple hardware manufacturers to make the headsets. Companies like Lenovo, DELL, Asus, Acer and HP were all signed up to bring these ~$300 VR headsets to market.
The Lenovo headset was shown to The Verge at the Consumer Electronics Show. The company is aiming to make its headsets weigh around 350g, that is compared to the Vive’s 555g. The device takes a lot of inspiration from the PlayStation VR headset in design in its aim to be comfortable to wear, something which the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have been criticised for in the past.
The device uses two 1440 x 1440 OLED display panels which give it higher resolutions than its two current competitors. For tracking, the headset uses six-degrees-of-freedom tracking meaning it doesn’t require an external camera. Lenovo also isn’t releasing any motion controllers for the headset, instead, they will rely on third-party peripherals built to the Windows Holographic specifications.
The device has two cameras mounted on the front. That allows the mixed-reality applications to function similar to the HoloLens itself. Although it won’t be using the HoloLens projection capability of course. It is expected that every Windows Store application will be able to work in a theatre-style floating viewer mode while some of the HoloLens applications will be converted to the platform.
Lenovo has said the headset, which doesn’t have a name yet, will ship sometime this year for between $300 and $400 but will be “closer to $300.”
It is still to be seen whether Microsoft will make the devices work on Xbox One and/or Project Scorpio when they release later in 2017.