Virtual reality fans should get their credit cards ready. Vuzix is making its iWear video headphones available for pre-order for $450. That's about 10 percent off the expected retail price. The high-definition iWear headset is compatible across video and gaming platforms; basically anything with an HDMI output.
An over-head strap holds the headset in place. It uses dual 16:9 HD eye displays to present users with a video experience similar to a 130-inch home theater that is 10-feet away. Vuzix claims you should enjoy about 1 million pixels viewable per eye. Once the user is inside of this experience, the iWear’s motion tracking capabilities works with the company's OSVR (open source virtual reality) technology to send you beyond passive watching to active interaction with content.
Customers won't be paying the entire $450 up front: getting (virtually) in line early will come at a cost of a $100 non-refundable deposit. But customers who buy the iWear can return the deposit for a refund within 30 days. Vuzix expects that the iWear will start to ship in the fall.
Coming on the heels of the blockbuster announcement of a partnership between from Oculus and Microsoft, the iWear's newly announced integration with OSVR, Unity 3D and the Unreal gaming engine make it a product worth watching.
At E3 (June 15), Sony will be taking the stage for their major press conference, a chance for the company to make the case for their own Project Morpheus being the future of VR and AR gaming. Stay tuned to Tom's Guide's on-the-ground E3 coverage for more.
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