Chinese Oculus alternative hits the market

There are plenty of headsets on the market today that are basically shells made out of plastic — or cardboard — that you slide your smartphone into.

Higher-end devices such as the Oculus Rift, Sony’s Project Morpheus, GameFace, AntVRVrvana Totem, CastAR, and Immersion VRelia, haven’t yet hit the consumer market.

Now a new entrant to this space, Three Glasses from Shenzhen’s Jingweidu Technology Co., Ltd., is taking preorders for its D1 Developer Edition for 1,999 yuan, or about US $327.  Delivery is scheduled to begin in late December.

The Three Glasses virtual reality headset. (Image courtesy Jingweidu Technology Co., Ltd.)

The Three Glasses virtual reality headset. (Image courtesy Jingweidu Technology Co., Ltd.)

The Three Glasses specs are roughly comparable to the Oculus Rift DK2. Resolution and refresh rates are the same, the viewing angle is slightly larger — 124 degrees for Three Glasses versus 100 degrees for the DK2 — and the weight is lower — 280 grams for Three Glasses and 440 grams for the DK2.

A selection of compatible peripherals is also available, including audio headsets, steering wheels, and joysticks.

The device is recommended to be used in conjunction with high-performance personal computers, the kind typically used as gaming machines. However, if the headset is used to simply watch movies, the hardware requirements are lower, according to a discussion on the company’s forum pages.

Three Glasses peripherals. (Image courtesy Jingweidu Technology Co., Ltd.)

Three Glasses peripherals. (Image courtesy Jingweidu Technology Co., Ltd.)

Watch a report by China Daily below:

Watch a video from the company below:

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  • Nick Zwart

    Looks interesting, can it be connected to an OpenSim viewer or is it not compatible with the OR?

    • I would be extremely surprised if they made it incompatible, given the wealth of content out there available for the Oculus, and the fact that the Oculus SDK is open source.

      But, as I’ve come to realize, people are crazy. So who knows. Also — very few people take my advice.

      In the video, the founder talks about creating an ecosystem around this device, so it kind of sounds like they’re going in their own direction…

      • Nick Zwart

        Well, that would be a pity if they go their own way.

        • Zhao Lee

          we will try to make it compatible with oculus. Now ,it’s compatible with DK1.

      • “But, as I’ve come to realize, people are crazy” no way, nooooooooooo!!!

  • Janoriacorven Resident

    Still AU$372.752 is NOT BAD.. (Converted from xe.com).

    it test it out and give it a whirl, thats CHEAP as chips, in terms of virtual reality,

    • Oculus will be around that price and won’t make you puke all over your keyboard.

      • Janoriacorven Resident

        do you own this particular product, my friend?

  • Mark John Wiseman

    Sounds interesting.. but all I see are renderings of a headset. With a release of early december (6 weeks from now) I would at least expect to see someone wearing a prototype. Holding off on that pre-order till I actually see it exists 😉

    • The China Daily video shows a bunch of people trying it on.

  • PsyRae

    Don’t buy this. There’s no way they’ve taken into account all the lessons Oculus has learned about motion sickness, not with those specs.

    • Hayden

      So you’re saying rather than validate their claims, just assume the worst?

      • PsyRae

        I can’t know for sure. But nothing has been said, officially or by people who’ve tried it, to calm these concerns. So anyone interested in this VR HMD would be wise to wait until after launch. The sudden appearance of this HMD doesn’t bode well either. Did they just rush it to grab some quick cash amidst the VR hype? We’ll see.

      • merri

        I would say, approach with caution.

      • JimmyRustler

        Being an Oculus Rift owner and developer (I have worked with both the DK1 and DK2) I would say that most definitely the chances that these guys have all of the relevant issues worked out is about next to none.
        If you understand the way that VR is put together, you will understand how important it is to get things right.
        That is why Oculus, with their all-star growing team and ridiculous amounts of funding, still haven’t given people a date for when we will see CV1.

  • Enverex

    “is taking preorders”

    If they’re only taking pre-orders then it hasn’t hit the market yet.

    • Zhao Lee

      If everything goes well , you can receive it by the end of december

  • brianjonespfk

    It’s a 1080p LCD at 60hz with no positional tracking for $329 and won’t be available until December. The Oculus Rift DK2 that you can buy for $349 right now has a 1080p 75hz OLED with positional tracking. Not sure why anyone would want this. It’s just a 1080p DK1.

  • Zhao Lee
  • Adam Time

    I just do not get wearing the thing after trying it out I said nope not for me waiting for my recliner chair holograph room. So we can all wear blinders and think we are seeing the screen one for each eye. Now if you like the stuff hey have fun. I am tired of wearing glasses or crap on my face.