Using the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR feel like we've finally made it to the future, but they all have one thing in common: they're kind of chunky. Chinese startup Dlodlo (read that as "dwo-dwo") is fitting its tech into a frame only slightly larger than a pair of sunglasses. Can it really be any good?
Dlodlo announced its $560 headset, the V1, earlier this week. It looks like a pair of aviators had a lovechild with a diving mask, but it weighs only 0.2 pounds. It only serves as a pair of lenses, though; all of the processing power comes from a gaming PC or a separate, iPod Touch-sized gadget called the D1 (similar to how the Gear VR uses a phone).
The D1 runs its own OS based on Android Lollipop, and the company says that there will be a wide variety of games and 3D movies in its proprietary app store. However, we can't guarantee what kind of experiences you'll get -- and if they'll be able to stand up to the excellent experiences we've seen on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift -- until they detail what the software is. There's also no word if the PC will have its own app store or if you can load any game or movie from a desktop.
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Our friends over at The Verge tried the headset and were impressed with its 1200 x 1200-pixel lenses, but found that the one-size-fits-all nature of the glasses meant they won't fit everyone who uses it. If it's too big, you'll fall right out of VR. Suddenly, the Rift and Vive's straps don't seem so bad.
I'm all for smaller, more comfortable VR headsets, but it sounds like Dlodlo needs to work out the kinks in sizing and to ensure a range of experiences are available (including those already accessible to competitors). Until then, I'm perfectly happy strapping a black box to my face to step into a world of imagination.
[via The Verge]