The end to Sony‘s annoying 3D glasses is in near sight, as the Japanese tech giant revealed an incredible new head-mounted 3D display visor. Loosely translated, it’s called the HMZ Immersive Pleasure Device, but the simpler name is just the HMZ-T2. To prove that this isn’t just some concept or tech demo, Sony is going to be showing the visor at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, with limited public trials, and even more surprising is that it’s already scheduled to go on sale this October!
Here are the details you’re really after: Sony’s HMZ-T2 features two OLED panels running at a resolution of 1280×720, with 3D immersion. The headset has two inner-ear speakers that provide virtual surround sound, and the unit only weighs 330 grams (11.6 ounces), but that’s before you count the 600 gram (21 gram) power supply unit. Sony has only announced the HMZ-T2 for launch in Japan at this point, hitting shelves on October 13th with a wallet-busting price of 70,000 yen (approx. $900).
Sony will be showing off the 3D visor at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, with public trials held on September 22nd and 23rd. Those interested will have to sign up by September 13th, but Sony has stated that it will only be picking 44 lucky people at random. The HMZ-T2 is already confirmed to be compatible with video games in 3D or 2D. Any fellow gamers out there think they’d like to give this a try? Anyone else willing to spend that much money on a head-mounted display? Check out Sony’s reveal video, along with a rough translation below, and let us know what you think!
What level of immersion is it possible for people to achieve? Now, a new entertainment experiment explores that possibility: The HMZ Immersive Pleasure Device head-mounted display. Developed as an open experiment, this model has a head-tracking system and live camera.
Tokyo Game Show 2012 limited model PROTOTYPE-SR
*Jointly developed with RIKEN Team Fuji
New 360-degree immersive entertainment sensation.
The world of movies and the world of music can fly into the real world.
Public experiments to be conducted on the 22nd and 23rd of September.
We are now recruiting for the experience (deadline 13th September). You can witness the future of entertainment.