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Brace yourselves: Panasonic's VR Glasses are coming

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  • Panasonic Reveals Improved Specs for Its Impressively Compact VR Glasses

  • 6DOF room-scale tracking included

  • At this year’s all-digital CES 2021, Panasonic showed off a new and improved version of the device, which packs in some pretty intriguing specs alongside the new addition of optical 6DOF tracking.

  • this year’s model features dual 2,560 × 2,560 micro OLEDs with a pixel density 2,245ppi.

  • The micro OLED panels, which were developed in collaboration with Panasonic and Kopin, are said to support 120Hz as well as HDR. Much like Pico’s G3 prototype, which hasn’t been released yet, Panasonic’s aptly names ‘VR Glasses’ also feature pancake optics, which reduce the overall bulk and weight of the device.

  • this year’s model has better weight distribution by both strengthening the device’s arms and improving the shape of the fins to better grip to the user’s head.

  • Audio is another area of improvement for the prototype, which now features integrated audio built by Panasonics’ subsidiary Technics instead of the previous design’s dangling earbuds. Panasonic didn’t comment on the exact implementation, however it sounds very similar to the way Oculus provides onboard audio in Oculus Quest and Oculus Go

  • The VR glasses also include both IPD (interpupilary distance) adjustment and a diopter adjustment mechanism to accommodate near-sighted users—important features to have for such a close-fitting VR headset.

  • Microdisplays and pancake optics tend to provide lower field of view (FOV) than dedicated PC VR headsets or standalone devices like Oculus Quest 2, which typically range at or above 100 degrees. This year’s model still doesn’t have a verified FOV spec, but if it’s anything like last year’s it will likely be somewhere around the estimated 70 degrees.

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I have to admit, Quest 2 has me spoiled with mobile compact VR. I'm very intrigued by some VR Glasses done right.

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I'm having trouble finding solid detailed info on their tracking system and capabilities.

When I look on reddit and read last years discussions around the first iteration of these glasses, I see a lot of talk about "no positional tracking."

Yet this year they boast of "room-scale tracking." While all the hands-on reviews have zero mention of the tracking system.

I haven't check YouTube yet though.