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Panasonic unveils new specs for its slim VR glassesAt this years all digital CES 2021, Panasonic has teased some major updates to their prototype super slim VR glasses.

The headset was first shown off at last years CES in 2020. At the time they were marketed as a VR viewer because they did not include full spatial tracking. Now, they have been updated with full 6DoF tracking and some more cool specs.

Unlike headsets like the Oculus Quest 2, the Panasonic VR glasses don’t come with any onboard computing. Instead, they simply connect to your PC or 5G Android smartphone via a USB-C cable. This certainly won’t be the headset of choice for any serious VR gamers, but they have confirmed that the headset is compatible with SteamVR. It could be popular as a lightweight, easy to travel version of a headset.
As for the displays in the glasses, this year’s model has a dual 2,560 × 2,560 micro-OLEDs with a pixel density of 2,245ppi. The micro-OLED displays were unsurprisingly developed in house by Panasonic, in partnership with Kopin. They claim that the displays can support 120Hz refresh rates as well as HDR.

They have added an adjustment mechanism for interpupilary distance and a diopter adjustment mechanism to accommodate near-sighted users. This is a very important addition for VR glasses that are worn closer to the face that the average headset.

Nintendo’s Virtual Boy 3D Gaming Console. Similar to SEGA, Nintendo also had the vision of putting out a Virtual Reality headset for the gaming market. They even went as far as putting a VR headset on the market, but unfortunately it didn’t make it far. Released in the mid 1990s and known as the Virtual Boy, the device was a 3D gaming console that had a 3D viewing system rigged out to look like virtual reality. While it was way cheaper than the other options on the market at the time, the device also didn’t manage to truly spark the VR movement, simply because it lacked head-tracking and quality graphics and only offered stereoscopic 3D display.

The headset also features built in audio from a Panasonic subsidiary company, Technics. This replaces the simple earbud design of the original prototype revealed in 2020.

This isn’t the gaming VR headset of the future, but it is definitely an option for someone who prefers to use VR as a social space or even just a way to watch media. They have not announced a price or even a released date and the specs may change before it sees the light of day.

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