ANOTHER VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) headset is throwing itself into the ring to fight with the likes of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR.
The latest bit of VR kit to enter the arena comes in the form of the Sulon Q, a headset built by startup Sulon Technologies in partnership with graphics giant AMD.
This tie-up sees the Sulon Q make use of the AMD FX-8800P processor and the company’s Radeon R7 GPU. It also takes advantage of AMD's LiquidVR technology, which gives developers the tools to create graphics-rich games, applications and experiences.
Further graphical wizardry is provided through the latest graphics application programming interface (API) tech, including DirectX 12 and the AMD Mantle-based Vulkan, currently found in the #mce_temp_url#Samsung Galaxy S7.
For spec hounds, the Sulon Q has access to four compute cores and eight GPU cores, which help fire visuals onto a 2560x1440 OLED display. 3D sound is also present, courtesy of AstoundSound technology and ear buds optimised for spatial audio.
A built-in 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM makes the Sulon Q effectively a lower-end wearable PC running Windows 10. With that in mind, AMD has understandably been a bit coy about how much it weights; we reckon it could crick a few necks.
The combination of this hardware and software has the two companies claiming that the Sulon Q can deliver console-quality graphics; a bold claim for a gadget that can be popped on your bonce.
Separating the Sulon Q from other headsets in the VR world is its ability to also do augmented reality and spatial computing. Through the use of a sci-fi sounding Spatial Processing Unit, the Sulon Q can generate a 3D map of a person’s surroundings using two front-facing cameras. This allows for Sulon Q users to have their movements tracked without the need for the external sensors that the HTC Vive relies on.
All this means the Sulon Q is being championed as having a self-contained “wear and play” design that cuts out the need for wires, minimum PC specs, or a VR-ready smartphone. That could spell some serious competition for other headsets in the VR space, but at the same time AMD is also a partner of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, so we could end up with one big VR tech threesome.
AMD and Sulon Technologies said they are putting the final touches on the headset and will have it ready by the nebulous date of late spring. Somewhere we reckon Nvidia is plotting its VR riposte. µ
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