The stage is set for the standalone VR war. It is what immersive gadget freak dreams of. No more external PC or any need of a mobile device. This is a completely wireless piece of technology. These headsets don’t need any help to operate and they don’t fall short in providing an enigmatic experience either.
The Vive by HTC and Oculus’s Rift did provide some super cool experiences, but going completely wireless is something else. It gives a feeling of independence.
VR fans have been waiting with bated breath for these headsets from Lenovo and Oculus to come out. These are two of the most superior hardware manufacturers in VR today. So let’s see what result of standalone VR war of The Oculus Go and The Mirage Solo.
This one comes with an amazing design that is ergonomic and made to impress. It is super comfortable. There are adjustable straps at the side and on the top of the head. These prove to be very handy when making instant movements as the headset does not move. There is also a soft cushion-like face padding which gives major comfort. This padding also helps in keeping the light out from the surrounding peripheral vision and gives an even more engaging experience. The bespectacled VR enthusiasts can also rejoice as this set comes with a “glasses spacer”.
The controller is also super comfortable. The only limitation is the 3DoF tracking. So even though this device is super comfortable and also comes at $200, it can only offer a sample when it comes to an immersive VR experience.
This fully stand-alone headset from Lenovo is the first of its kind to have 6 degrees of freedom tracking through the Worldsense Technology from Google. The Daydream platform is growing rapidly and this headset is another addition to it.
There are a few limitations as well. The physical design is not the standout feature of the Solo. As good and attractive as it looks this headset is as much if not more uncomfortable when worn. It has an oddly positioned plastic support. After much adjustment using the buttons given on the bottom of the headset, there was still room for some light leak which was a major intrusion on the VR experience.
The controller comes next. This Controller is capable of 3DoF. It is similar to that on the Daydream View.
This being the only 6DoF headset in the market may make Lenovo still standout despite these limitations. Also, it costs around $400. So until the HTC Vive Focus goes on sale, this is the only 6DoF option around.
In the end as result of standalone VR war, we can say that these two devices have something and lack the other. It is almost as if they complement each other.
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