It appears as if there is a new contender in the VR hardware industry right now. Dell, of all companies, has opened the pre-orders for their Visor headset. The current goal is to ship the devices by mid-October of 2017. An ambitious goal by this company, that much is evident. For the price of $350, it is one of the cheaper VR headsets with a lot of potential. Whether or not the company can make a big impact, remains to be seen.
Dell Opens Pre-orders for VR Headset
It has to be said, very few people even knew Dell was working on VR hardware these days. However, the project appears to be quite real, as it can now be pre-ordered for the price of $350. Compared to other manufacturers, this is a rather low price, all things considered. The HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are both far more expensive, even though were lowered in price accordingly. More competition is never a bad thing, though.
What is even more ambitious is how Dell expects to deliver the goods in just a few weeks from now. The first batch of the Visor VR headset should be delivered on October 17th. There is an option to purchase a set of controllers separately for the price of $99. Plus, buying the entire bundle is also an option for the price of $450. It doesn’t appear there is a discount between buying things separately or all at once, though.
It is important to keep in mind the Visor is designed to support mixed reality rather than just VR. This means it also provides inside-out tracking, removing the need for external sensors. This appears to be the first of many Microsoft-oriented consumer-grade headsets to come to market in the coming months. It will be interesting to see how all of these headsets handle the VR aspect moving forward, though.
From the information we received, it appears the Dell Visor has two 1440 x 1440 LCD screens. There is a 110-degree horizontal field of view and the hardware is capable of supporting refresh rates of up to 90 Hz natively. The included cable is 4 meters in length, which should be more than sufficient for most people to conveniently connect it to one’s computer. Pre-order figures for this headset will be made available in the coming months. Mixed reality can support both VR and AR accordingly, which will result in some interesting developments.
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