On Tuesday, along with the launch of the Sony Xperia Pro-I smartphone, Sony unveiled a new virtual reality (VR) headset called the Xperia View. The first VR headset from Xperia is not a standalone device and only works with Sony Xperia 1 II and Xperia 1 III smartphones. The audio device offers a horizontal view of 120 degrees to support the 6.5-inch display of compatible Xperia smartphones. Sony claims that the VR headset is capable of decoding 8K video data and 360-degree videos.
Xperia View VR price and availability
Sony announced the launch of the Xperia View VR headset (in Japanese) while also unveiling the new flagship camera smartphone in the Xperia Pro-I series in Japan. According to Sony, the headset will cost around JPY 30,000 (about Rs.19,800) and be available in gray. The headset will be available in select Sony retail stores starting October 27th. Sony says the actual retail price will vary depending on the seller.
The Xperia View VR headset is currently listed in the official Japanese Sony E-Store and Au Online Shop for JPY 29,700 (approx. Rs. 19,613). So far, Sony has not disclosed any information on the availability of its VR headset in other markets, including India.
Xperia View VR headset features
The Xperia View VR headset comes with a wide angle lens to ensure compatibility with the 21: 9 display aspect ratio of compatible Xperia smartphones. According to Sony, users of its Xperia 1 series 5G smartphones can download large amounts of 8K content at high speed and view it on the VR headset. The headset has a high resolution 4K Organic Electroluminescent (EL) display with HDR support for the VR experience. In addition, the Xperia View should offer playback with fewer afterimages with the Xperia 1 III smartphone.
The Xperia View VR headset has support for the BT.2020 color space and 10-bit input. The headset also uses Sony’s master monitor to reproduce the hue the creators intended.
The headset is designed to provide support from the back of the user’s head and from above to ensure a stable fit when rotating to view 360-degree images. The Xperia View VR headset can also be worn with glasses. The headset can be operated using the buttons on the side of the smartphone and by tapping the housing.
DMM video, 360Channel, and video content supported by the Xperia View application can be viewed through compatible applications on the Xperia View VR headset. To do this, users have to install the app from the Google Play Store on their smartphone.
Sony also presented the Xperia Pro-I at the event on Tuesday at a price of $ 1,799.99 (approx. 1.35 lakh). The smartphone has a 1-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor with phase detection autofocus. The smartphone has a dedicated trigger on the right spine and optics calibrated by Zeiss Tessar. A Snapdragon 888 SoC paired with 12 GB RAM drives the device. The phone has a 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display (3840 x 1644 pixels) with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and comes with a triple rear camera. The handset has a 4,500 mAh battery with 30 W fast charging support.