Sony gets in your face with upgraded personal 3D viewer

Coinciding with many other announcements during its presser at the IFA 2012 confab in Berlin, Germany, Sony quietly launched the HMZ-T2 personal 3D head-mounted display.

Would you want to wear one?
(Credit: Sony)

The headset — vastly similar to its predecessor, the HMZ-T1 — contains two small 0.7-inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays that are placed in front of the wearer's eyes to simulate a big screen that can display 2D/3D content from any HDMI source. We sent Sony an email to see if the HMZ-T2 offers the same 720-pixel resolution and picture quality as before, which seems likely, as T2's marketing babble reads very much like that of the HMZ-T1. We'll let you know.

Who wouldn't want to get up close and personal with a couple of vibrant OLED screens?
(Credit: Sony)

So what's really changed with the HMZ-T2 in this incremental upgrade? It appears the tweaks have mostly to do with design and weight. Sony dropped the built-in headphones, and now you can use whatever ear digs you like to hear virtual 5.1 surround sound. The headpiece also weighs 20 per cent less than the previous version, coming in at 317.5 grams.

It appears that the HMZ-T2 might sport a slight upgrade to its actual visual performance, as well — Sony speaks of a 24-pixel True Cinema option, as well as a Clear mode for gaming.

No word on how much the current iteration will cost, but we're hoping it will be less than the US$799 tag of the previous set.

The HMZ-T2's profile looks like some sort of robo-fish.
(Credit: Sony)

Via CNET.com



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gregory.opera posted a comment   
Australia

Normally I can't "see" 3D content, but I had a look at one of these in the Melbourne Sony Center and wow... There was just so much depth to the movie I was watching!

I found the visual quality to be astounding and the audio quality unheard of (I tried the original model)... Surprisingly, the headset was actually quite light and comfortable, too.

I totally want to get my hands on one of these, when I've got the money... They're not cheap, but absolutely worth it.

 

AaronF posted a comment   
Germany

Just received mine in the mail, only moments ago.

 

MitchellT posted a comment   

lol they predicted VR headsets in the 80s!




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