A standalone virtual reality headset about to enter Kickstarter could become one of the best of its kind.
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The headphones are the product of a two-year-old French startup called Lynx and it’s called Lynx R1, according to GameRant. RV standalone headphones are designed to allow players to use virtual reality games / apps and mixed reality media and cost $ 499 to pre-order.
This is possible thanks to the Lynx R1’s two high-resolution cameras that will allow users to see a virtual reality overlay on top of the real world. Compared to other virtual reality headsets, which don’t let you see them while you’re wearing them, this is certainly different.
The official Lynx R1 website defines the product as the world’s first all-in-one mixed reality headset. This is also where they mention the product specifications: a Qualcomm XR2, 6DoF CPU, SteamVR compatibility via NVIDIA’s OpenXR or CloudXR, a 1600×1600 resolution per eye at 90Hz with 90-degree FOV and Unity 3D SDK and OpenXR compatibility, between d others.
Here is the official trailer for the new VR headphones, uploaded to the YouTube channel UploadVR:
VR Battle Against the Oculus Quest?
Virtual reality and virtual reality games slowly fell into the background after their heyday during 2016-2017. People in the industry used to call virtual reality the future of games, and then the ray tracing appeared.
Even several of the big VR headset manufacturers like Oculus took a step back for lack of interest. Still, they may have been doing it with themselves with the way they designed their products. This is where Oculus Quest vs Lynx R1 fits the equation.
One of the most important blows against the Quest is the extremely restrictive requirement of the Facebook account and the closed ecosystem. Facebook never seemed to move, which is why people are excited (albeit with optimistic caution) about the Lynx R1, reports UploadVR.
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What’s under the hood?
Compared to Oculus Quest specifications, the Lynx R1 VR standalone headphones can launch a few times. Its competition features slightly better resolutions for both eyes (1832×1920 for Quest per eye), but both have the same Qualcomm XR2 CPU.
Apart from that, the Quest also now supports a 90Hz refresh rate (a significant improvement over the original 72Hz), which puts it on an equal footing with the Lynx R1. Finally, both systems have the same amount of memory (6 GB) and will last about 2-3 hours running on battery only.
When will it be released?
There is no official release date for these standalone virtual reality headsets yet, but it is expected to arrive on Kickstarter soon. His website indicates that the Kickstarter page will apparently be published this month, so the wait is active.
Interested potential sponsors could provide Lynx with their email addresses for immediate campaign updates.
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