Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Lenovo’s new VR headset will cost less than $400 when it debuts this year

LAS VEGAS—Virtual reality was bound to be a big theme of this year's CES, and another big name is using the event to get into the space with a new, low-cost headset. Lenovo announced its own VR headset at CES—it doesn't have a name yet, but the company claims it will cost less than $400 when it's released later this year.

The affordable price is enough to make this intriguing, but the specs make things even more interesting. It's built to be smaller and lighter than both the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, weighing just 350g (the Vive weighs about 550g). The bulk of its weight lies against your forehead rather than on the bridge of your nose, which should make it more comfortable to wear for long periods of time. It also has a convenient hinge design, which lets you turn the headset portion up whenever you need to give your eyes a break without requiring you to remove the entire system.

The headset's display is made of two 1440×1440 panels, making it higher-res than both the Vive and the Rift. We would have liked to see this in action, but Lenovo only had a non-working prototype to show us. The company paired it with its new Legion Y720 gaming notebook, which is VR ready, and also showed off its new Entertainment Hub. This is basically a media library featuring VR-ready movies, games, and other content.

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