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Bigscreen taking pre-orders for “world’s smallest” VR headset

Bigscreen, a VR platform used to watch movies and play games, has launched what it claims is the “world’s smallest” VR headset.

Priced at US$999 on pre-order (US deliveries starting in Q3 2023), the Bigscreen Beyond VR headset weighs just 127g (Quest 2 is around 500g) and measures less than 1in at its thinnest point. Beyond features ultra-high resolution OLED displays, custom pancake optics, and is tethered to a PC. 

Uniquely, each device is custom-built to the shape of a customer’s face, providing more comfort for longer VR experiences. Philip Krejov, Bigscreen’s head of hardware, said: “Instead of one-size-fits-all consumer electronics, we believe VR headsets should be a custom-fit wearable device more like prescription eyewear.”

After ordering a Beyond, each customer will receive an email to scan themselves using Bigscreen’s iPhone application. Each Beyond is custom-made based on the 3D face scan, which measures the shape of the customer’s face and the position of their eyes. 

Inside Bigscreen Beyond are two OLED displays, each with a resolution of 2560 x 2560 pixels. Beyond pairs the OLED displays with custom pancake optics to create a wide field of view and a 28 pixels-per-degree (PPD) image. Beyond features a three-element optical design composed of glass, plastic polymers, films,and coatings that results in a smaller, lighter form factor and a big improvement in optical clarity compared to older-generation single-element Fresnel lenses.

Darshan Shankar, Bigscreen’s founder and CEO, said: “As passionate VR enthusiasts, we built the VR headset we wanted for ourselves. Today’s leadingVR headsets have doubled in weight compared to headsets from 2016. We built Beyond because we felt VR was too heavy, bulky, and uncomfortable. We invented new technologies to increase comfort, and developed ultra-high-end components like OLED microdisplays and pancake optics to increase immersion. To deliver the best software experience for watching movies in Bigscreen, we also had to build the best hardware with Bigscreen Beyond.”

An iPhone XR or newer is required for the one-time 3D face scan, and is not required to use the Beyond. Customers that need corrective vision can purchase custom prescription lenses that magnetically fit into Beyond, as glasses do not fit inside the small form factor.

To further enhance comfort and customize their experience, customers can choose from the included Soft Strap or upgrade to the Audio Strap.

Shipments to Canada and Europe including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, and Belgium are scheduled for Q4 2023.

  • JR Symonds

    JR is the senior reporter at Metaverse Professional, providing insight and coverage for all the latest developments in the metaverse and extended reality sectors. JR has a burning passion for the latest immersive tech, particularly developments in world creation and gaming.

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