In 2019 Huawei announced their VR Glasses, a slim form factor VR headset that could be paired to a smartphone or a PC. It was a remarkable paired down and sleek looking device, unfortunately it only had 3DoF. In their announcement late last week Huawei unveiled their upgraded headset which promises 6DoF.
The upgrade is comparable to the shift from the Oculus Go to Oculus Quest. Three degrees of freedom (3DoF) only tracks very basic head movements, six degrees of freedom (6DoF) allows the user to fully move around in the virtual space.
The headset also comes with two 6DoF controllers that look suspiciously similar to the Oculus Touch controllers. They are able to be stacked together along with the headset for easy storage. As for the headset itself, it has not changed since the first version in 2019 save for the inclusion of two tracking cameras.
The announcement was made at the World VR Industry Conference Cloud Summit in Nanchang, China. Not a lot of info about the product was specified but we did see a few tweets from China based VR developers who attended the event. According to what little information that we have, the headset will be sent out to developers later this year and the consumer release is set to be around April 2021. The price has not been announced but last years VR Glass was priced at around $424, the improvements will certainly increase the price.
Disappointingly, it does not look like the VR Glass will see any store shelves outside of mainland China. The first iteration of the VR Glass was not made available for purchase internationally and if the sanctions against the company are anything to go by, it doesn’t look like this version will either.