2022 is quickly shaping up to be the year of VR glasses.
Tokyo-based IoT and mass production company Shiftall this week unveiled the MeganeX, an ultra-lightweight VR headset compatible with the SteamVR platform. Developed in collaboration with Panasonic (parent company of Shiftall), the MeganeX features an ultra-compact, lightweight design similar to that of the recently-announced HTC Vive Flow.
The MeganeX resembles a pair of large bifocal glasses rather than a conventional VR headset like the Quest 2 or HTC Vive. Two 1.3inch Micro OLED displays offer an incredible 5.2K resolution (2,560×2,560 per eye) with an impressive refresh rate of 120Hz. Powered by a Snapdragon® XR1 processor, the headset supports 6DoF inside-out tracking and is compatible with the SteamVR platform, allowing users access to a massive catalog of games and apps.
Like the Vive Flow, the unique-looking device sits atop the user’s head and features a foldable frame with built-in speakers for maximum convenience. At 250g, the MeganeX isn’t the lightest headset on the market; that honor goes to the Vive Flow (189g). That said, it does weigh 253g less than the Meta Quest 2. The headset also bears a striking resemblance to Panasonic’s ultra HD VR eyeglasses that were revealed during CES 2020.
Here are the full specs (as provided by Shiftall):
- Display: 1.3inch Micro OLED 5.2K (2,560×2,560 per eye) 10bit HDR/120Hz
- Processor: Snapdragon® XR1 platform
- Weight: Approx. 250g (8.8oz)
- Tracking system: 6DoF, camera based inside-out head tracking
- Platform: SteamVR and more (future update)
- Connection: Display Port Alternate Mode on USB-C or Display Port + USB2.0
The MeganeX is available for demo during this year’s CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. There’s no word yet on an official release date or price tag, though Shiftall estimates that the device should cost less than $900. For more information on the MeganeX visit here.
Feature Image Credit: Shiftall Inc.