The Lenovo Mirage Solo is making a splash landing in the virtual reality headset market, and it’s causing waves both in mobile and traditional VR. One of the small handful of truly standalone headsets, it doesn’t demand you slot in your smartphone or plug into a gaming PC. Instead, Lenovo and Google are leveraging smartphone tech and some mighty clever inside-out tracking to give the Mirage Solo its edge – and justify its $400 price tag.
Hardware and Design
So far, home virtual reality systems have generally fallen into two camps. At one extreme, there are headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE: high-resolution displays and excellent motion tracking, but tethered via a cable to a gaming PC. At the other extreme, headsets like Samsung’s Gear VR and Google’s Cardboard are cheaper and untethered, but rely on slotting in a smartphone to provide the display and processing power.
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