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Acer VR Headset Early Review

Acer is one of the first companies to release Windows 10 Virtual reality headset. It is made for developing apps in mixed reality. The price is going to be affordable: about $300, and it will be available for purchase in March.

Acer VR Headset

The first and the most important thing to notice is that this headset is not for virtual reality only. It is designed to bring more advanced “mixed reality” which covers everything from augmented to virtual reality. As you see, it’s not about gaming only. It’s more about working with apps in virtual space.

Specs

  • Display: Dual 1440 x 1440-pixel resolution displays;
  • Refresh rate: 90 times per second
  • Cable: Single cable combining HDMI and USB 3.0, and a standard 3.5mm headset jack.
  • Controllers: right now there are no controllers. But developers are going to add them for a better experience in future.

Since Acer headset is designed for developers mostly, you don’t need a very powerful computer to use the VR it offers.

Appearance

The first thing you will notice is that it’s very blue! The color looks great, and the design is fresh. There are 2 cameras located on the front panel. These cameras are one of the most important parts of the headset. The role these cameras play is described later.

Many people compare this set with PlayStation VR because of the way you put it on your head. But this plastic ring looks similar only from the front part. If you see it from the back, you will notice that it looks more like a belt.

Comfort

Acer virtual reality headset is much more comfortable to wear and use than Rift or Vive. That’s because of the way it sits on your head and weight distribution. When you wear Vive all the weight is located in front of your face. Wearing it for a long time is tough.

But Acer’s headset sits on your head differently. Most of the weight is on your forehead making it easier to wear it. Moreover, it weighs less than Vive and this makes it even more comfortable.

The other noticeable feature is that you can swing the main part up if you need to get the set out for a short period. After this, you can swing it down and continue using it. This feature is cool when you need to watch at your smartphone or do something else that requires you to take the set off.

Connection

Unlike Microsoft's HoloLens it’s not cordless and doesn't have see-through visors. It looks like traditional VR headsets, and it must be connected to PC. The major difference is that Acer VR uses 2 cameras to display what’s going on in front of you. These cameras are one of the main parts of “mixed reality” experience.

Tracking

All modern VR headsets track movements of the head and hands with special external base stations. But Acer headset doesn’t need this. The cameras can track movements of your hands, and you don’t need to hold any controllers. Moreover, head tracking is also built into the set. You don’t need to set any external base stations as you need for Oculus Rift, VIVE and PlayStation VR. It is a huge step forward meaning you don’t need to set special room where this set can be used. You can use it pretty much everywhere.

Pay Attention: This page is subject to change in future! We will update it after more details are revealed.