A new VR headset is creating some buzz and is managing to offer something new in what is still a nascent market. Called the MeganeX, the device was developed by Shiftfall in partnership with electronics giant Panasonic.
What sets the MeganeX apart from the growing crowd of VR hardware is its “ultra-lightweight” design combined with high-end specs.
The headset has been unveiled at CES 2022, where Shiftall is claiming the MeganeX has been created with one eye on the Metaverse. Early adopters of the Metaverse are spending thousands of hours in virtual realms each year.
Using traditional VR headsets becomes exhausting, so a more streamlined solution is needed. That’s MeganeX, which sports a new design that looks more like normal glasses than a normal headset. For example, rather than strapping the device to the head, users have arms that sit over the ears and curve around the head.
All-in, the hardware weighs just 250 grams, although that is without a cable. Even so, it is lighter than most VR headsets. However, it is not the lightest because the HTC Vive Flow weighs a feathery 189 grams.
As for specs, Shiftall and Panasonic are aiming for the top of the market. MeganeX sports a 1.3-inch display capable of 5.2K HDR 10-bit images at 120Hz. Power comes from a Snapdragon XR1 chipset. Shiftall says the device will launch during the spring and will cost “less than $900.”
Just how much of a splash this headset can make in a market dominated by HTC Vive and Oculus Rift remains to be seen. However, there is a VR explosion on the horizon as companies look to the Metaverse for the future of entertainment and productivity.
MeganeX could be well positioned to be an early pioneer in a changing section of the tech market.
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