When Oculus Quest initially debuted, it provided gamers with an almost PC-quality standalone VR experience thanks to the product. While most VR headsets of the time required a connection to a PC, the Oculus Quest line is one of the only independent VR headsets, and one of the only ones capable of playing games like the one to come. Resident Evil 4 VR release.
While the first and second Oculus Quest have sold quite well, many have expressed concerns about its closed ecosystem and restrictive Facebook account requirements. While Facebook isn’t making headway on these aspects, a planned standalone virtual and mixed reality headset could provide some competition.
Lynx, a two-year-old French-based startup, has announced its new VR/AR standalone headset, the Lynx R1. The Lynx R1 will give players the ability to use both virtual reality games and applications as well as mixed reality ones, where the headset’s two high-resolution color cameras will allow users to see the real world around them with the headset on . .
The Lynx R1 virtual reality headset offers some significant competition to the Oculus Quest 2 when it comes to technical specifications. Featuring 6DoF movement and a Qualcomm XR2 processor (the same one that the Oculus Quest 2 uses), the unit will track the same hands as the Oculus Quest, except for working with the controllers. The unit will work with Steam VR, and offer a 90-degree FOV with 1600 x 1600 resolution per eye via an LCD display that operates at 90Hz.
For comparison, the Oculus Quest 2 has a slightly higher 1832×1920 LCD per eye resolution and has lower-resolution black and white cameras for passthrough purposes. Although it was initially launched at a lower refresh rate of 72Hz, it has since been updated to support 90Hz, placing it on a similar level with the Lynx R1. Both systems also have 6GB of memory each, and are rated to last between about 2-3 hours on battery power. Notably, the Lynx R1 advertises ‘independent lens separation adjustment’ which can provide more customization options than the Quest 2’s three sets of IPD options.
While the Lynx R1 holds a lot of promise, for now, it’s entering the funding phase by opening Kickstarter later this month. The unit will cost $499, which puts it at a higher price than the Oculus Quest headset. However, with the promise of a completely open ecosystem and privacy for its users, this may be an additional cost that some are willing to pay for peace of mind and complete control over their device.
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