Sony 3D head-mounted display to launch in Japan for $900
News On Japan via computerworld.com -- Sep 11
Sony said Tuesday a new version of its popular "Personal 3D Viewer" head-mounted display, which wraps around the eyes and shows video so it appears at the size of a virtual movie screen, will go on sale next month for about $900.
The HMZ T2, the second edition of the device, is over 20% lighter than its predecessor and provides 5.1-channel virtual sound. The headphones can also be swapped out, allowing users to listen via their own equipment. It will go on sale in Japan from Oct. 13, the company said.
The original model, released last year, was a surprise hit for Sony, which has been criticized for a lack of innovative products as it goes through a prolonged restructuring. That model sold out several times and sales had to be paused to restock, despite a hefty price tag.
The newer version, which displays video so that they appear to be on a screen up to 750 inches in size, includes technology for smooth playback of quickly-changing scenes and better light shielding.
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