Look out Oculus Rift and HTC Vive: AMD has announced the Sulon Q, described as the "first and only all-in-one, tether-free, 'wear and play' spatially-aware headset for VR and AR".
Put simply it's a virtual reality and augmented reality headset which features an AMD-powered computer that promises to deliver console-quality visuals. And it's set for release this spring.
Distinct “Wear and Play” design – The Sulon Q headset lets you take every world anywhere thanks to its simple and intuitive all-in-one, tether-free, “wear and play” design. There are no confusing minimum specs to be concerned with. No tangled wires to hold you back. No external tracking systems for movement or gestures. Everything you need is on-board. Just put it on and go.
VR and AR: The best of both worlds – Enjoy the best of virtual and augmented reality using Sulon's advanced Spatial Processing Unit which combines revolutionary, real-time machine vision technologies enabling you to effortlessly enhance the real world through augmented reality applications, and seamlessly transition from the real world to virtual worlds. The Spatial Processing Unit is an innovative mixed reality spatial computer that provides real-time environment mapping and tracking from the inside outward, dynamic virtualization for VR/AR fusion, and gesture recognition.
Spatial computing with Microsoft Windows 10 – Enjoy holographic computing interfaces once reserved for science fiction by placing applications in space in your own living room with a large, immersive 110-degree field-of-view. Multi-task like a professional putting transparent or opaque windows where you want using gestures or the wireless keyboard and mouse provided in the box.
Spatial redirection for endless virtual walks, even in your living room – With some smart perceptual tricks, Sulon's real-time, spatial technologies let you walk around and explore virtual environments that are seemingly larger than the physical space you're in. Enjoy a fully interactive VR experience in any space, letting you be a true participant in the virtual world, not just an observer from a single viewpoint or confined to moving using gamepads and controllers.
Console-quality graphics and powerful processing – The Sulon Q headset harnesses the latest in processor technology using the recently launched AMD FX-8800P processor at up to 35W with Radeon R7 Graphics leveraging AMD's Graphics Core Next architecture. The full performance of 4 compute cores and 8 GPU cores are unlocked through a revolutionary Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA), enabling the cores to share memory to work together for dramatic performance and efficiency. The result is a solution that is optimized for modern workloads and media formats, capable of driving the latest graphics APIs including DirectX 12 and Vulkan, and able to render stunning videogame console-quality visuals on a beautiful 2560x1440 OLED display. The Sulon Q headset also integrates AMD's LiquidVR technologies to help ensure smooth and responsive VR and AR experiences.
Incredible spatial audio – Using AstoundSound technology, used by the top game and entertainment studios in the world, the Sulon Q headset's 3D spatial audio lets you hear sounds within a complete spherical soundscape with advanced room simulation software algorithms that provide outstanding depth perception using the headset's 3.5mm audio jack in combination with custom spatially-optimized Sulon Q earbuds. For voice communication, the headset also includes dual noise-cancelling embedded microphones.
Check the video below for an extended look at Sulon Q.
Sulon Q also ships with Windows 10 installed and features a range of connectivity including WiFi 802.11n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, 2 x USB 3.0 Type A, and a Micro HDMI out port.
Pricing will be announced at a later date.