Play For Dream's newest headset is a transparent clone of the Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional, however with a Quest Professional-style rear-mounted battery and monitoring controllers.

When Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 in January, a higher-end variant of the chipset used within the Meta Quest 3, the corporate instructed UploadVR that it could energy Immersed’s Visor, Samsung’s subsequent Google-powered headset, a yet-to-be-announced new HTC Vive headset, and a fifth headset from a then-undisclosed firm, in addition to a YVR headset in China.

It seems that the fifth headset belongs to Sony, whereas HTC has not but introduced its personal.

As for YVR, a Chinese language VR headset producer, it has modified its identify to Play For Dream and at the moment, throughout an occasion in Malaysia, it unveiled its XR2+ Gen 2 headset, known as Play For Dream MR.

The Play For Dream MR’s design is clearly closely “impressed” by the Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional. However in contrast to the funds Chinese language knockoff we tried at CES in January, this new headset truly has the specs (although most likely not the software program) to rival Apple’s.

Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 Introduced for Samsung Headsets and Extra

Qualcomm simply introduced the Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2, a higher-end variant of the chipset used within the Quest 3.

The XR2+ Gen 2 chipset, Qualcomm’s strongest XR chip thus far, is paired with 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and both 512GB or 1TB of UFS 3.1 storage, relying on the mannequin you buy.

The headset options two 3840×3552 micro-OLED shows from BOE, with a better decision than Sony’s panels within the Imaginative and prescient Professional, a 90Hz refresh charge, and a 92% DCI-P3 coloration gamut, the identical because the Imaginative and prescient Professional.

The pancake lenses provide a claimed 103° subject of view, and the headset options eye monitoring for automated IPD adjustment and foveated rendering.

Picture from Malaysian retailer Santa Claus Participant.

Along with eye monitoring, the headset options high-resolution coloration passthrough with a claimed latency of 14 milliseconds, a depth sensor, hand monitoring, and a ring-less monitoring controller much like the Contact Plus.

The overall weight of the headset is strictly the identical because the Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional, 650 grams, however the distribution of this weight could be very completely different. A curved battery is built-in into the again of the strap, much like the strategy taken by the Meta Quest Professional.

Play For Dream MR says the visor itself, stripped of any strap or face defend, weighs simply 288 grams. That compares to the Imaginative and prescient Professional’s 478 grams.

The battery behind the strap can energy the headset for simply over 1 hour, whereas an included exterior battery pack provides 2.5 hours, for a complete of three.5 hours of use.

All in all, the Play For Dream MR's specs and design are what we'd count on from the supposedly canceled 2024 Quest Professional 2. Meta is now engaged on a “distant future” successor.

However this headset doesn’t run Horizon OS, and even Google’s upcoming Android XR. It runs Play For Dream’s Android platform, and it additionally helps SteamVR streaming over your property Wi-Fi community (much like Digital Desktop, Steam Hyperlink, and Air Hyperlink on the Quest).

Picture from Malaysian retailer Geek Tradition.

The Play For Dream MR is anticipated to launch in China quickly, Singapore and Malaysia in October, after which Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Japan in 2025. Will probably be priced someplace beneath the equal of $2,000. There are not any indications that the corporate plans to launch the headset within the West, however we’ll regulate it within the coming 12 months in case it does.

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