Sony have announced their newest head-mounted display, the HMZ-T3W, a wireless upgrade to the already impressive – if somewhat cumbersome – HMZ-T2.
This new 3D-ready personal viewer includes 7.1 virtual surround sound and two tiny 1280×720 resolution OLED displays to give the user a fully immersive viewing experience – equivalent to a 750″ display from 20 meters.
Due this November for 1,300euros, the wireless headset will connect to PCs, mobiles and, so say Sony, games consoles.
This announcement comes just days after reports that Sony are looking at releasing their own Virtual Reality headset for the PlayStation 4, to rival the renowned Oculus Rift, which was successfully funded via a KickStarter campaign last year, and now has iD software’s founder – and creator of Doom – John Carmack on board as Chief Technical Officer.
Officially, Sony are keeping mum about that particular device, but there’s an awful lot of buzz around the rumoured headset, which we’re led to believe will use the tried-and-tested PlayStation Eye and light tracking technology seen with PlayStation Move to deliver an experience more accurate than the Oculus Rift. This VR headset is expected to be shown to the public next summer and launch sometime around late 2014.
Only time will tell as to whether VR takes off, but with Sony continuing to push wearable tech, it can be only a matter of time before we’re all looking like Daft Punk, for one reason or another.