Lenovo is having another go at a gaming VR headset

Lenovo is taking another chance at venturing into the virtual reality market. According to an FCC filing, the Chinese multinational company is looking to introduce a standalone VR headset.

Lenovo VR Headset
Lenovo is looking to follow up on its Mirage Solo headset, which was released two years ago. Photo: Lenovo

Another VR experiment

The Verge reports that the concept is currently filed as Lenovo VR3030S. Just like the Mirage Solo, Lenovo’s previous VR release, this product won’t need to be plugged into a PC or phone to be used. This is because the processing power is already built in the unit.

The Mirage Solo was a powerful unit and in theory, was a fantastic VR solution when it was released in May 2018. However, it relied on Google’s Daydream VR platform to function, which was discontinued in October.

Therefore, the proposed model will likely run on an up to date platform such as Valve’s Steam VR or Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform. It could even run with Facebook’s Oculus, a brand that Lenovo is already quite familiar with.

The firm was behind the Oculus Rift S headset and developed its strap. However, this unit ended up being overshadowed by the superior Oculus Quest model.

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The Lenovo Mirage Solo arrived with a $399 price tag and provided a decent offering. However, other, up to date models have been preferred by VR headset users. Photo: Lenovo

AR innovations

Lenovo has also invested in developing augmented reality technology over the years. It strived to have a holding in the AR gaming market with the launch of its two products in partnership with Disney.

The releases of Star Wars: Jedi Challenges AR headset in 2017 and the Marvel Dimension of Heroes in September 2019 allowed players to indulge in an action-packed mixed reality experience.

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Lenovo has also been trying its luck with AR products. Photo: Lenovo

Tough competition

The FCC filing doesn’t offer much detail on the design of the future headset. However, since Lenovo has been vying to get ahead in the gaming market, it may have to make some key changes to its design compared to previous outings.

The company’s rivals have been making unique touches to their VR units to adapt to new markets. Earlier this month, Panasonic revealed an HDR UHD VR set of eyeglasses that have been designed to partake in gaming and sports without the need for a headset.

Panasonic UHD VR Eyeglasses
These Panasonic models make other several other VR units look highly outdated. Photo: Panasonic

Ultimately, Lenovo will be looking to ensure that its upcoming range does not quickly become effectively obsolete like its previous offerings.

VR and AR technology is set to hold a greater presence across different industries this decade. Therefore, companies will be looking to stand out from their competitors. Whether it’s an entry-level product or a high-end innovation, firms will be working hard to hold a strong presence in the market over the next ten years.

Have you tried out any of Lenovo’s VR or AR products? Let us know what you think of them in the comment section.

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