Sony has unveiled a new head-mounted device that allows users to watch 3D films and play videogames.
Sony said the £490 “HMZ personal 3-D viewer” is set to go on sale in November in Japan, and is planned for the US and Europe, perhaps in time for Christmas, although dates have not yet been set.
HMZ, which stands for “head mounted display”, is worn like chunky goggles-and-earphones in one. The company said the device offers a movie experience that can be had anywhere. The sleek, futuristic visor-like headset – not much wider than a pair of sunglasses – covers the face from the eyes to the ears, where there are earphones attached, and weighs 420 grams.
Clear, vivid images are produced with the help of two OLED displays located inside, creating a deep feeling of immersion.
“The hardest part for us was to make it as small-sized as possible, while maintaining high definition, but we succeeded,” said Shigeru Kato, a Sony vice president.
“People can enjoy watching a favourite movie or play a videogame on their own without bothering other family members.”
The headset can be used for watching videos, listening to music and playing videogames by plugging it into a Blu-ray disc player or game machine.
“Before, watching a movie on a big screen was a pastime for the whole family, but now there is a growing demand from people who want to enjoy videos on large-sized screens alone,” Kato added.