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Lenovo has made a couple of interesting announcements today ahead of CES 2017, and with it includes a new virtual reality headset that looks as though it could help change up the way VR headsets currently work with its inside-out six degrees of freedom tracking.
This is all inspired by Microsoft’s Windows Holographic platform, which includes participation by companies like HP, Dell, Asus, and Acer, who are partnering up with Microsoft to create another wave of VR devices aimed at consumers.
Lenovo’s headset will likely be the first one we get our hands on, however, and its headset is going to have some very impressive specs, with two 1440×1440 OLED panels comprising the display, which will actually be higher in fidelity than the PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift.
More importantly, it means a possible end for external sensors and such that you need currently for platforms like the Rift and Vive. The headset is going to utilize inside out tracking, which is a much more accurate solution for tracking — not to mention it’s easier to use, which will make it simpler to set up as well. Right now it can be difficult to set up things like the HTC Vive, especially if you don’t have the space to set up the sensors all around your living room.
The headset doesn’t yet have an official name for us to call it by, but it will feature all of these impressive specs and ships later this year for about $300 to $400, which is pretty affordable in comparison to the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. If you’ve been waiting for a lower-cost solution for exploring virtual reality on your PC, this might well be your ticket. Even if you’ve got one of the other headsets you might be interested in this one too.