All Mixed Reality Headsets closely follow a set of guidelines provided by Microsoft but manufacturers also have the option of differentiating their devices by using different component options and design.
In a long review it is often easy to lose track of the different options. This post brings all the essential information together as concisely as is practicable!
Personally I would like to see and at least “try for size” each of the six headsets here as I have no doubt that each manufacturer has worked hard to ensure that their particular offering rises above the others with a particular aspect of form or function. However this information I will have to save for a future review. For now, ‘sight unseen’ and ‘money no object’ the Samsung looks to be the top of the tree as far as specs go – and Microsoft’s Alex Kipman appeared to give this headset his blessing at a recent event (though bare in mind that it is one of the heaviest of the group, though perhaps partly because of its’ integrated headphones)
Other manufacturers are joining the fray with new headsets appearing from Fujitsu and German manufacturer Medion. Chinese manufacturer 3Glasses also has a compatible headset (though without support for inside out tracking).
NB According to The Verge Samsung is not making their headset available to Europe
Display – Because an AMOLED display doesn’t require a backlight blacks can be truly black – this is generally considered to be the principal advantage over LCD displays (which are also heavier)
FOV – “Field of View” – This is the amount of image immediately in front of you – the higher the number, the better the immersive experience is likely to be.
NOTE: Some manufacturers are stating a different FOV for Mixed Reality vs Mixed Reality ULTRA (with the latter usually having an extra 10 degrees of viewing area)
Accelerometer – This sensor measures acceleration and can be important in providing a realistic immersive experience where movement is concerned.
Gyro – Provides a relative directional indicator for the Mixed Reality Headset
Magnetometer – Provides a compass (true directional indicator) for the Mixed Reality Headset
Proximity – Can detect the presence of nearby objects without any physical contact.
IPD Sensor – A device to automatically register the distance between your eyes (interpupillary distance)