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VR Xtal 3 headset now has wireless model

Thanks to a streaming module that transfers part of the heaviness to the strap, the Xtal 3 commercial headset now comes in a wireless edition.

Enhanced functions are provided by the VR headset Xtal 3 to satisfy even the most discerning users. The commercial and defence industries represent the vast majority of customers. The VR edition of the Vrgineers headgear has been on sale for $8,900 and the mixed reality version featuring 4K cameras has been retailing for $11,500 since most part of last year. Fighter pilots are able to rely on the device to check out the simulated virtual components, along with their actual hands and real-world instrument panels.

The wire to a PC with powerful specifications is the last residual hassle. The wireless “Xtal Wireless Headset,” which has only one connection attaching the headset to a module worn on the belt, was unveiled by Vrgineers at CES 2023. The Wi-Fi 6E standard, which distributes in the 6E range, is compatible with low-latency broadcasting.

The required data rate would typically be excessive even for the present level. The VR device’s resolution in traditional wired mode is 3,840 by 2,160 pixels per eye at a 75 Hz refresh rate. As an alternative, it provides 120 Hz at 2,560 by 1,440 pixels per eye.

A mode created by Vrgineers reduces the frame rate to 70 hertz while operating at a compressed resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 pixels per eye. The technology incorporates the proprietary technology by Imrnext, which is also used by other streaming industry partners including HP, Nofio, and HTC.

Instead of being worn on the head, the transmitting equipment is worn around the waist. The strap module by Vrgineers doubles as a battery system with a variable capacity and has integrated antennae. A CES prototype of it has a weight of little more than two pounds. A final version that weighs half as much will resemble a smartphone in terms of form.

Users must first connect their PC video card to an Imrnext exclusive access point by USB and DisplayPort in order to utilise it. It transforms the signal for Wi-Fi 6E transmission. The maker guarantees consistent transmission quality. Phil Purdy, director of engineering and delivery at Imrnext, expressed optimism about the potential of the cordless VR headset.

According to Purdy, the quality of single-user and multi-user simulation and training exercises will improve and more dynamic use case scenarios will be possible thanks to the cable being released from the XTAL.

The new cordless VR headset from VRineers is referred to as a standalone VR headset. It doesn’t specify how the system would function without a PC acting as an input device. Also unknown is if earlier wired Xtal 3 machines can be converted to wireless functionality.

Vrgineers has so far only made reference to an add-on module for the premium PC VR headset Somnium VR1. After the release, the corporation will provide a wireless upgrade for it.

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