During its CES 2024 press conference, Sony showcased a brand new piece of tech aimed to take on the mixed reality industry. This new standalone mixed reality headset, which currently doesn’t have a name, packs some impressive specs including 4K OLED microdisplays with a resolution of 4,000 x 4,000 per eye.
The Sony MR headset is powered by Qualcomm’s XR2+ Gen 2 processor – another recently new chip announced at the Qualcomm. The device itself features a flip-up visor which can be flipped upwards thanks to a hinge design on the headband.
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At the moment Sony hasn’t been forthcoming on the official specs on the unit. We don’t know what 3D cameras the unit packs and what sort of passthrough quality you can expect. We know the Sony MR headset uses pancake lenses, had a PPD of 55 and a 90-degree FOV.
The company did showcase the controllers and they are unique. Each controller is completely different from the other. The first one is a pointer-like controller that is controlled using your index finger. It seems users stick their finger through a loop on the unit and grab the lower half of the controller with their hand. The other controller takes the form of a ring-like device which is controlled with your thumb.
The Sony MR headset isn’t going to be as mainstream as the Apple Vision Pro. The company has designed the tech aimed at creators. The trailer, which you can watch down below, shows the MR headset in action. We see users designing all sorts of objects while wearing the headset. We also see the headset map these objects into a real world scale.
Sony says the MR headset is expected to launch this year. At the moment we don’t know what the price is or how you would purchase one. It is a shame given how mainstream MR has become. It would make sense for Sony to release this to consumers and unlock ways to play games on the unit and use other mixed reality apps. A remote play PS5 app would be a dream on this. The high-end display quality would also make for a great way to watch TV shows and movies. Oh well.