Sony on Tuesday unveiled a new virtual reality (VR) headset called the Xperia View, along with the launch of the Sony Xperia Pro-i smartphone. Xperia’s first VR headset is not a standalone device and only works with Sony Xperia 1 II and Xperia 1 III smartphones. The audio device offers 120-degree horizontal vision 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 video.
Check Xperia VR price and availability
Sony announced (in Japanese) The launch of the Xperia View VR headset unveiling the new flagship Xperia Pro-i series camera smartphone in Japan. Sony says the headset will cost around JPY 30,000 (approximately Rs 19,800) and will come in gray colour. The headset will go on sale from October 27 at select Sony retail stores. Sony says the actual selling price will vary by sellers.
The Xperia View VR headset is currently listed for JPY 29,700 (approx Rs 19,613) on the official Japanese Sony e-store and AU online shop. As of now, Sony has not shared any information about 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 viewing angle lens that ensures compatibility with the 21:9 display aspect ratio of compatible Xperia smartphones. Sony says users of its Xperia 1-series smartphones can use 5G to download large amounts of 8K content at high speeds and watch it on a VR headset. The headset features a high-definition 4K organic electroluminescent (EL) display with HDR support for a VR experience. In addition, the Xperia View is said to offer low afterimage playback with the Xperia 1 III smartphone.
The Xperia View VR Headset BT.2020 offers support for the color gamut and 10-bit input. The headset also uses Sony’s Master Monitor to reproduce the color tones intended by the creators.
The headset is designed to provide support from behind and above the user’s head to ensure a stable fit for viewing 360-degree images. The Xperia View VR headset can also be worn with glasses. The headset can be operated using the side button of the smartphone and tapping the housing.
DMM video, 360 channels and video content supported by the Xperia View application can be viewed on the Xperia View VR headset through the compatible application. For this, users will have to install the app on their smartphone from Google Play Store.
Sony too launched NS Xperia Pro-i The price of this event held on Tuesday is $1,799.99 (about Rs 1.35 lakh). The smartphone has a 1-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor with phase detection autofocus. The smartphone features a dedicated shutter button on the right spine and Zeiss Tessar calibrated optics. A Snapdragon 888 SoC is paired with 12GB of RAM that powers the device. The phone flaunts a 6.5-inch 4K HDR (3,840×1,644 pixels) OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and comes with a triple rear camera setup. The handset packs a 4,500mAh battery with 30W fast charging support.