This isn’t the ‘Oculus Killer’ you are on the lookout for
It takes a particular type of loopy to point out as much as the most important shopper electronics present on Earth, to pay for an exhibition area subsequent to Oculus VR, after which promote your product as an “Oculus killer.” That is precisely what 3DHead did with its “GCS3″ headset. That phrase is even painted on their sales space, as seen above.
Given all that, you are in all probability fairly fascinated by seeing the corporate’s headset, proper? It is in all probability tremendous glossy, proper? Forgive me, however you completely have to go under to see this insanity. I guarantee you, you will not remorse it.
Sure, that is actually the headset in query: The “Oculus Killer”. As in, “The gadget we’re making that’ll beat out Oculus VR’s Rift headset.” Which, what? So far as I can inform, this is not truly a VR headset in any respect. It is a very giant head-mounted gadget with a seven-inch pill strapped in to at least one aspect. There’s an open-air hole, whereas VR headsets in any other case goal to shut off customers in an immersive viewing setting (learn: closed off from the surface world). Somewhat than duplicating the video feed (one for every eye) and utilizing lenses, 3DHead’s GCS3 headset is sort of a miniaturized private theater.
That’s the solely time I am going to use the phrase “miniaturized” in relation to this monstrosity.
3DHead’s GCS3 is a whopping 1.7-kilos. Which may not sound like so much, however it definitely feels like quite a bit when it is mounted in your head by way of an obtusely giant headset. Firm COO James Jacobs says the load is a measure of two issues: the battery (one pound by itself), and the technique of manufacturing for the prototype headset (SLS printing — a type of 3D printing used for speedy prototyping). He says the load might be halved by manufacturing.
I might in all probability get previous the unit being tough if it delivered a singular, fascinating expertise. What it does as an alternative is mount a generic seven-inch pill inside an unlimited shell. It seems to be like a good bigger model of Oculus Rift prototypes from years in the past, like this one which Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey despatched us awhile again:
Discover that even the prototype above, from 2010, is smaller than 3DHead’s large headset.
Once more, the dimensions would not be as a lot of a priority (a minimum of initially) if the headset provided a very distinctive, partaking expertise. As it’s, this factor is miles from even the primary Oculus Rift dev package. Are you prepared for the kicker? As a result of there’s nonetheless a kicker. Actually!
3DHead’s GCS3 prices $595. That isn’t a typo. It consists of each the huge headset half and the pill insert. This is the product web page.
To its credit score, whenever you transfer your head, it does certainly transfer on display. In a quick demo of Minecraft operating on the headset, I used to be capable of flip my head and look across the pixelly world on the pill in entrance of me. However, within the nicest potential approach I can ask this, why would I ever use this to play Minecraft? It isn’t a VR model of Minecraft — it is a head-managed model of Minecraft on a pill. It is an extraordinarily cumbersome solution to play video games, or watch movies, or actually to do something.
All of that to say what I’ve already stated within the headline: this isn’t the “Oculus Killer” you are on the lookout for. Sorry concerning the apparent Star Wars reference.