Sony unveiled its new VR “spatial” on the sidelines of CES 2024, marking for the manufacturer – which is already a major player in virtual reality thanks to PlayStation VR – a significant turning point. This headset, still without an official name, is in fact mainly intended for professionals in the industrial sector and aims to transcend the limits between the virtual and physical worlds, offering a more intuitive and immersive creation experience.
This headset is built around Qualcomm's Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 platform, and is equipped with two latest generation 4K OLED micro-screens. Its design focuses on balance and comfort, with part of the display able to flip up, allowing users to easily switch between virtual and physical environments. According to Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida, the headset will deliver a “crisp visual rendering experience.” and “ intuitive interaction for 3D design ”.
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The system includes a set of innovative controllers: a ring worn on the finger and a larger controller, similar to a typical VR controller. These devices allow users to manipulate 3D objects in virtual space, providing a new dimension in spatial content creation. As noted by Kenichiro Yoshida, these controllers are designed to “provide an immersive and highly realistic experience for users.”
Sony is collaborating with Siemens on this project – and spoke of their ambition to create an “industrial metaverse” integrating this type of collaborative experience. Although the specific details of this partnership are not entirely clear from available information, it is likely that Siemens will bring expertise in areas such as software engineering and simulation systems, while that Sony is contributing with its VR hardware technology, including its micro OLED displays and its expertise in virtual and augmented reality.
We understand that the headset is mainly intended for industrial and professional applications, rather than the general public market. It will be available later in 2024, and although the price has not yet been announced, we can imagine a rather high price, if only by observing the price of the technology of’ #8217;Sony Microdis screens – screens with similar characteristics were already sold on the B2B market for around 150,000 JPY (around 1,000,000 €) each.
We can therefore safely predict a final price between €2,000 and €5,000, based on a fairly wide range. A purely speculative estimate at this stage, pending an official final price.
- On the sidelines of CES 2024, Sony unveils a brand new VR “spatial” intended for creating 3D content.
- The latter comes with unique controllers, including an astonishing control ring – and is built around Qualcomm's Snapdragon however, it should arrive on the market after the Apple Vision Pro.
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