The next step in the evolution for the Windows Mixed Reality platform will be the VR glasses, the design of which is developed by Microsoft partners. The corporation gave the business a move by offering colleagues the sale of devices based on their own hardware design, and now they have gained the experience necessary to improve products for the benefit of their customers.
This conclusion is based on information about the prototype of HP glasses called “Copper”. It still works on Windows Mixed Reality, while maintaining integrated optical tracking and ease of setup, but has become more like the Rift, which many users seem more comfortable with competitors. The prototype is kept secret, but the journalists managed to get a render shot from its three-dimensional model (above).
The main noticeable change in the render is the lack of a plastic rim. This decision is controversial, because the bezel perfectly transfers the weight of glasses to the forehead, making it easier to wear. It, however, is not present in Rift and Vive, as well as in the rising star Pimax 5K +.
Ben Lang (Ben Lang), editor of Road to VR, who managed to look at the device in the HP office, claims that it is almost ready for release, despite the secrecy. HP Virtual Reality Product Manager John Ludwig (John Ludwig) noted that the demonstration was one of the first production prototypes, that is, Copper at this very moment is put on the conveyor.
As part of a live presentation, Ludwig proposed to compare the HP prototype with the Samsung Odyssey +, which have the best displays in the entire Windows Mixed Reality line with a resolution of 1440 × 1600 by eye. According to Lang, the Copper Electron-Optical System won the comparison. First of all, this is due to the new displays with a resolution of 2160 × 2160 per eye (the total resolution of 4320 × 2160 is the same as in domestic Odin).
There are twice as many pixels as in Odyssey +, and three and a half times more than in Rift. Compared to Samsung glasses, which represent the transitional generation of Windows MR devices, this is a real step forward for the consumer. And no struggle with the effect of the mosquito net to the detriment of sharpness with the help of a diffuser: the Copper pixel density simply makes the “tracks” between the pixels invisible.
According to Ludwig, Copper responds to reviews of HP’s corporate and commercial customers who work with the HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset. In the vast majority of cases, customers complained about low resolution and discomfort. Perhaps this opinion can be extrapolated to the entire market. And interest in expanding the field of view turned out to be less, so it will remain almost the same, despite the new Fresnel lenses.
Lang noticed in the prototype several visual artifacts, such as a diagonal array of gray dots across the entire display, as well as uneven image clarity, which is traditionally denoted by the Japanese word “mura”, meaning unevenness, unevenness.
The manufacturer is not ready to share weight information, but Copper felt light, on which HP, as Ludwig claims, focused its attention.
Copper is positioned as a professional product, part of a set of solutions for corporate and commercial customers served by the Z by HP brand, but the developers are planning to sell them to anyone. Price not specified.