At the HTC Vive Event conference, Shadow Creator announced the launch of the Shadow VR product, an autonomous VR headset with six degrees of freedom.
The Shadow VR headset has become the first autonomous virtual reality helmet that is equipped with 6DoF controllers (6 degrees of freedom). Everyone expected that Oculus Quest would be such a solution – but Shadow Creator managed to outrun Oculus by as much as 6 months. Shadow VR will work with applications from the Viveport VR store from HTC and will go on sale at a price of $ 399 on November 11, 2018.
The headset has a 1440p display (resolution 2560 × 1440) – Oculus Go and Lenovo Mirage Solo have similar characteristics. The viewing angle is up to 110 degrees. The heart of the headset is the Snapdragon 835 – as well as the Vive Focus and Oculus Quest.
Shadow Creator independently developed 6DoF controllers. They did not voice the details of the technology, they only mentioned that it uses “ray tracing”. Judging from the images, 2 cameras in a helmet track color lines on the balls at the top of the controllers. Those. These controllers are different from those for Vive Focus, which also support 6DoF.
Since Shadow VR will be launched on HTC’s Viveport mobile platform – it will support the same apps and games. However, now most of the content in this store is created for 3DoF Vive Focus, so it’s not entirely clear how this will work with Shadow VR.
Despite the fact that HTC did not participate in the development of Shadow VR, it still gave it its Vive Wave platform. And this means (as it was previously in similar situations) that HTC will also provide its stores and advertising platforms for the new product.
Google is doing the same with the Lenovo Mirage Solo Daydream stand-alone VR headset. Lenovo Mirage Solo was also developed by Lenovo, but it uses Google’s platform and Daydream store.
Specifications of Shadow VR
- SoC processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- Display resolution – 2560 × 1440 (1280 × 1440 for each eye)
- Display Type – LCD
- Overview – about 110 degrees
- Optics – Fresnel lenses
- Battery – 3500 mAh
- Position tracking in space – optical six-axis (6 DoF)
- Ports – USB 3.1, USB Type-C
- Audio – two stereo speakers
Shadow VR versus Oculus Quest
You can see the differences between Shadow VR and Oculus Quest in this table. And if a couple of points are quite controversial, then Shadow VR has a tangible advantage – you can buy it today. And to take or not – the choice is yours.
I believe that the Shadow VR is a very interesting portable VR helmet for reasonable money – it’s definitely worth a try!