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We recently learned that Apple is planning to dip its feet into the virtual reality market with a premium headset that will compete against the likes of Oculus’ Quest and Sony’s PlayStation VR products. While Bloomberg’s initial report was light in terms of hardware specifications, The Information shared a story today (via 9to5Mac) claiming that the mixed-reality headset will feature a pair of 8K UHD displays and numerous cameras for tracking hand and eye movements. It’s also said to include swappable headbands.

“A mixed-reality headset Apple is developing will be equipped with more than a dozen cameras for tracking hand movements and showing video of the real world to people wearing it, along with ultra-high-resolution 8K displays and advanced technology for tracking eye-tracking technology,” The Information reported. “The inclusion of two 8K displays in the headset would make its picture quality far higher than that of other consumer headsets – and even the majority of high-end televisions, which cost thousands of dollars at 8K resolution.”

The report goes on to echo previous rumors about Apple’s headset costing much more than Facebook, Sony, and HTC’s offerings. Internal discussions have pegged the price of the headset at around $3,000, which is closer to the premiums of Microsoft’s mixed-reality HoloLens 2 headset ($3,500).

“Among the biggest risks is the price of the device, which is likely to cost significantly more than the $300 to $1,000 for existing VR headsets from Facebook’s Oculus and others,” the publication wrote. “Last year, Apple internally discussed pricing the product around $3,000, more than the starting price of the company’s high-end laptops but around the $3,500 that Microsoft charges for its mixed-reality headset, HoloLens, according to the person with direct knowledge of the device.”

Apple’s pricey mixed-reality headset will reportedly be followed by a more mainstream offering in the form of lightweight smart glasses that can overlay virtual objects onto a person’s view of the real world. That product isn’t expected until 2023 at the earliest, however.

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11 Comments

  1. $3k per eye, because Apple has courage, right?

    And no headphones because f*ck you, buy some earpods for $200

  2. [QUOTE=”Riccochet, post: 28992, member: 4″]
    and what do they expect to drive dual 8K displays with?
    [/QUOTE]
    Mixed reality headsets are not designed with gaming in mind.

  3. [QUOTE=”Armenius, post: 29017, member: 180″]
    Mixed reality headsets are not designed with gaming in mind.
    [/QUOTE]

    Did you read the article? They want to compete with Oculus and Playstation VR. That’s gaming, bruh.

  4. Apple is the largest gaming ecosystem by revenue in the world, and the worlds fourth largest gaming company (considering their gaming revenue only). They pull more in a than what the non-F2P PC world does in a year by 1.5x

    Like it or not Apple is a gaming juggernaut.

    [URL unfurl=”true”]https://www.mordorintelligence.com/industry-reports/global-games-market[/URL]

    [URL unfurl=”true”]https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/06/19/apple-is-fourth-largest-gaming-company-globally-thanks-to-the-iphone[/URL]

  5. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 29057, member: 96″]
    Apple is the largest gaming ecosystem by revenue in the world, and the worlds fourth largest gaming company (considering their gaming revenue only). They pull more in a than what the non-F2P PC world does in a year by 1.5x

    Like it or not Apple is a gaming juggernaut.

    [URL unfurl=”true”]https://www.mordorintelligence.com/industry-reports/global-games-market[/URL]

    [URL unfurl=”true”]https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/06/19/apple-is-fourth-largest-gaming-company-globally-thanks-to-the-iphone[/URL]
    [/QUOTE]

    Yeah but those numbers are all ipad and iphone games

  6. Yeah, who wants an 8K HMD to play mobile games?

    Nothing on this planet is powerful enough to drive dual 8K displays for any modern games.

  7. [QUOTE=”Riccochet, post: 29083, member: 4″]
    Yeah, who wants an 8K HMD to play mobile games?

    Nothing on this planet is powerful enough to drive dual 8K displays for any modern games.
    [/QUOTE]
    That is the equivalent of 16 1080p displays.

  8. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 29090, member: 215″]
    That is the equivalent of 16 1080p displays.
    [/QUOTE]

    Technically 32x 1080p displays, since the HMD has dual 8k panels.

    Apple gonna be like “hey, you can use those HMD’s with our new Mac Pro Ultra Mega Supreme! I comes with 20x 3090’s and will only run you a cool $150,000”

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