4 Next-Gen VR Headsets To Check Out At The Show

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Virtual reality is set to be a key trend of CES 2023, with at least four new headsets expected to feature at the show.

Let’s take a look at each of the four models, with details from leaked information, or official statements by their manufacturers.

Looking for the Meta Quest 3? While it will reportedly launch in 2023, it is unlikely to appear at CES 2023.

Sony PSVR 2

The biggest name in VR we’re likely to see at CES 2023 is Sony’s PSVR 2. Sony announced the final details of this much-teased headed in November 2022. And with the first units shipping from February 2022, CES offers one of the last big tech events at which it can top-up the hype.

As the details of the hardware are already known, Sony may use this spotlight to show off some of the gaming experiences coming to PSVR 2.

The Sony PSVR 2 costs $549.99, uses OLED display tech and resolution of 2000 x 2040 pixels per eye. It is only compatible with the PS5 console, uses four cameras for motion tracking, and has eye tracking.

Games confirmed for PSVR 2 include the upcoming Resident Evil 4 remake, Horizon Call of the Mountain and No Man’s Sky.

HTC standalone headset

If the PSVR 2 is the biggest name in VR at CES 2023, HTC may take the award for the most interesting announcement. It is set to announce a standalone alternative to the Meta Quest 2, which the company has confirmed to The Verge.

HTC says it aims to be a more privacy-led alternative to the Quest 2, which also means it is unlikely to be able to compete on price. However, it is expected to use pancake lenses, which should offer better optics than the fresnel lenses of the Quest 2.

It’s also reported to have high-quality color passthrough cameras, making it far better for augmented or mixed reality apps.

Somnium VR1

Somnium is a Web3 and “blockchain” company, but its Somnium VR1 headset hardware will be shown at CES 2023. It’s an “open source” headset that requires a PC to be used, so should appeal to the PC gaming crowd.

The Somnium VR1 uses two 2,880 × 2,880 pixel LCD screens, offering far higher resolution than the 1,832 x 1920 of the Meta Quest 2.

It will offer both hand and eye tracking, and a headphone jack. You’ll be able to use this headset cabled, or with wireless video transfer from a PC using WiFi 6e.

The VR1 is a highly modular design, and the idea is owners can alter the headset using 3D-printable blueprints that will be available to download. How much the Somnium VR1 will cost is as yet unknown.

Sharp “ultra-high resolution” headset

Sharp itself has confirmed it will show a VR headset at CES 2023.

“Sharp will exhibit for the first time an ultra-lightweight HMD prototype for VR equipped with its latest devices,” the company wrote on its website.

Sharp makes a bunch of components that go into VR headsets. The most interesting in this particular case is probably an “ultra-high-resolution display” panel.

At this point it is not clear whether the Sharp headset will act as a showpiece for the company’s technologies, to be used in other headsets, or if Sharp intends to mass produce and sell this actual model. Sharp was acquired by Foxconn in 2016.

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