XTAL is a massive 8K VR headset made for NASA and pilots that costs $8,000

VRgineers have unveiled an extraordinary VR headset at CES 2020. The XTAL headset offers 8k resolution and an incredibly realistic 180° field of vision

VRgineers 8K XTAL Ultrawide VR Headset
The 8K XTAL Ultrawide VR Headset utilizes a lens system that continually adjusts to ensure they are on the correct setting for the wearers’ eyes. Photo: VRgineers

Professional VR

VRgineers have been around since 2017. In that short time, they have become known for designing pro-level VR headsets, for use by NASA and in military training applications.

These aren’t gaming VR headsets, but are serious pieces of kit. The previous XTAL model is currently used by the Department of Defense and US Navy alongside NASA for training purposes.

We have seen some real steps forward in VR tech this year. The $10,000 Varjo XR-1 takes a different direction, combining VR with reality for a combined experience.

The Void uses VR headsets to create virtual theme parks and it seems possible that as VR and Ar technology develops, it will become more mainstream in both entertainment and commercial use.

What makes XTAL special?

Co-Founders of the Czech firm Martin Holecko and Marek Polcak say that they have created the new XTAL design based on customer need.

VRgineers collaborated with their customers over 100’s of hours ‘learning what are the difficulties in mass adoption of the VR for professional applications‘.

Their aim was to build a new XTAL, with the best visual quality in the world. The design is created to deliver true-to-life imagery to mimic real-life experiences.

Features

XTAL comes in at $8,000 as a starting price, which isn’t surprising when you review the level of technology it incorporates. Polcak says that the key is to combine the best quality electronics with optical systems and advanced algorithms.

These aren’t gaming VR headsets, but are serious pieces of kit. The previous XTAL model is currently used by the Department of Defense and US Navy alongside NASA for training purposes.

This new model includes some brand new features. Autoeye is an automatic IPD setting system. This continually adjusts the lenses to ensure they are on the correct setting for the wearers’ eyes.

An embedded Leap Motion hand sensor means users can use their bare hands to interact with VR. No more mittens over here! XTAL is also voice-activated so can be commanded with spoken instructions.

VR resolution

XTAL boasts an awesome 8K resolution, made up of 4K per eye. This, along with the 180° field of vision and ‘best in class’ crystal-clear image make this VR as close to reality as it gets.

The headset comes optimised for GPUs such as the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 and has an embedded VirtualLink cable. This means that it can be powered through a single cable, with a USB Type-C connector.

At CES VRgineers are showcasing this innovation with an F18A combat jet simulator. Users can test out the tech with a simulator chair and of course using the brand new XTAL VR headset.

XTAL VR headset at CES with an F18 flight simulator
VRgineers will take their XTAL VR headset at CES with an F18 flight simulator. Photo: VRgineers

Pre-orders

This is professional-level VR for high-end use – but who wouldn’t want to have a go!

VRgineers say their first customer to receive the new model is the Vance Airforce Base in Oklahoma. They are also working with the US Navy and US NavAir R&D teams to design a next-gen simulator for their VR training.

It looks like the next generation of virtual reality is firmly here. And it looks incredible!

We will keep reporting all the news and product launches from CES 2020 as they happen!

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