iQiyi, the company best described as the Chinese equivalent of Netflix, has just released another standalone 4K 3DoF headset. iQiyi is a subsidiary of Baidu, Google’s Chinese equivalent.
iQiyi is not just comparable to Netflix, it even carries a lot of original Netflix elements thanks to a deal with a famous company and licensing.
This is actually the third standalone 4K 3DoF headset from iQiyi. The first one was released in early 2018 and used the Snapdragon 821 processor, and who later in the same year using the same 835 chip, which we could already see in Oculus Quest.
What makes this new model special is that it has a cost below $ 300. Although the resolution is similar to that of HP reverb and full computing equipment on board, this headset is only half the price. Perhaps the equipment is sold at a loss, and the company receives a profit through iQiyi services.
The headset has the same VivePort store as the HTC Vive Focus. This gives him access to popular VR mobile games such as Bait. However, the main application is the pre-installed iQiyi application, which gives users access to download the thousands of movies available on this platform.
Neither the headset nor the controller has a position tracking feature. Like the Oculus Go, this is a headset designed primarily for multimedia consumption. iQiyi focused on resolution, comfort, and price.
The headset has 32 GB of internal memory with an SD card slot for additional expansion of space up to 256 GB. The battery has a capacity of 3500 mAh, which is significantly more than the 2600 mAh battery that is built into the Oculus Go.
In the West, Netflix came to VR through a partnership with another technology company (Facebook). In China, the equivalent company created a headset on its own. What seems clear in both cases is that, although indoor-scale headsets, such as the Oculus Quest, are the future of mobile VR games, there is still room for 3DoF headsets for movies and impressions.
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