Virtual reality is becoming more and more popular these days. Unsurprisingly, this trend is expected to grow larger over time now that notable companies like HTC, Oculus, Google, and Sony have each released their own VR headsets – for different target markets, of course. However, what if VR headsets weren’t immersive enough? What if consumers wanted more? Enter Onix VR and its VR headset: the Pulsar.
What makes Onix VR’s Pulsar VR headset a bit more special compared to say, the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift, is its display. According to the company, its upcoming VR headset will feature a 4K 120Hz display. Best of all, it’s claimed that the display used in the Pulsar will be based on the same display that is used in LG’s G Flex 2 smartphone.
Alen Peric, Onix VR’s founder, mentioned that the reasoning behind using a curved display for the Pulsar was to “help bring the focal point of the display closer to the lenses.” This, of course, would result in much wider viewing angles to allow for better immersion.
Unfortunately, there is one major problem with the Pulsar VR headset: no graphics card available today is capable of powering it. Even the recently released Pascal-based Titan X would struggle. This is simply due to the fact that not only does the Pulsar headset requires a graphics card to output content in 120Hz for each eye, it also has to do it in 4K resolution.
Fret not, as Onix VR expects capable graphics cards and the curved display from LG to be made available sometime in the middle of next year, which means that a Q4 2017 launch of Pulsar is possible. When it comes to price, the company expects the ‘base model’ of the VR headset to cost around US$800 (about RM3,345) to US$1,000 (around RM4,180).