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Sony brought their own headset to IFA 2013, so we strapped it on and took it for a spin

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VR headsets are back in the news of late, primarily because of the Oculus Rift, but what we have here is something that Sony has cooked up. Right now it's known as the rather unimaginative Head Mounted Display, and while it will hook into your home entertainment system, we're more interested by this one, the one that hooks into your smartphone.

Essentially what you have is something that resembles a VR headset with a bunch of adjustable components to make it fit your own head size, and I have to say it was actually pretty comfortable. There's plenty of cushioning where it matters, and the whole get up sits pretty snug on your head.

Everything is driven via MHL directly from a smartphone, in this case a Sony Xperia Z1. The unit has a battery pack that the MHL runs to, which then pipes the video to the headset and audio to a set of headphones.

Inside, the headset sports a HD OLED display panel, and the whole experience felt kind of similar to sitting in a cinema. The display looks so massive being so close to your eyes that it gives that same sort of effect as trying to watch a movie in the cinema. It didn't feel uncomfortable to look at, but it does take a little adjusting to. But it's pretty cool if you don't mind strapping all this stuff to your head.

At this point we're not sure whether or not this particular product will come to market in this form. But, it's another pretty cool piece of technology that Sony has built to work with your smartphone. Check out a short "heads-on" video after the break. 

 

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Heads-on with the Sony Head-Mounted Display for mobile

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That's EXACTLY what I thought of when I saw this!! I wouldn't be caught dead with that unless I was fighting evil villians in a virtual world where no girls could see me! LOL

Looks a little silly but I bet it would be pretty cool to play games on it. If they could keep the cost at $300 or less I could see myself as a consumer of this.

I guess it would depend if you were far sighted or near sighted. If you were near sighted I think it would be great, then you wouldn't have to wear your glasses to watch TV.

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Sony must be selling a decent amount of visor, it's good too see version 3.0 of these, and the editions of the smartphone variant makes me think these have been a good bet over the years. I must admit my inner gamer would love to were these to play Killzone.

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Who is LeVan Burton? I think Geordi LaForge should give his stamp of approval.

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what's the deal with all these manufacturers coming out with UGLY devices?
Samsung has their Galaxy Gear watch and Sony has their dorky VR headset.

is there a competition to see who can come up with the ugliest gadget?

what's the deal with all these manufacturers coming out with UGLY devices?
Samsung has their Galaxy Gear watch and Sony has their dorky VR headset.

is there a competition to see who can come up with the ugliest gadget?

I'm not saying I like how these look, but I'm guessing making a visor display look cool would be nearly impossible.

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A portable version of Sony's HMZ-T1/2? Hell yes! One question though: can you plug it into other sources (e.g. your PC or console) with a converter for MHL? IIRC MHL more or less carries HDMI-like signal but it's different somehow?