It came as a big surprise at IFA in late August when Sony announced that the (now named) HMZ-T1 would be available later this year, and at a reasonable list price of only $799. Sure, eight hundred bucks isn’t pocket change, but it puts the device well into reach of the ambitious stereophiles who are looking for a true way of experiencing stereo 3D in 720P high definition. All this without the cross-talk and ghosting we’ve had to put up with using other 3D solutions.
My latest experience was with a Vuzix VR920 that I bought about a year ago, and even at a meager 640x480 resolution delivered by two LCDs, my first experience with Half-Life 2 was really impressive. Unfortunately, after about thirty minutes of use, I began to notice the Vuzix’s weight on my nose, and and it started to hurt…a lot.
While the HMZ-T1 isn’t light as air, Sony is trying something new by having a leather forehead and headband strap take the pressure off the nose, and I’m hoping this will let me spend extended sessions with this, and not require the use of powerful painkillers. On the compatibility front, the HMD’s HDMI 1.4 connector will let me use just about any 3D software choice I want including console, AMD HD3D compliant drivers (DDD, iZ3D), or Nvidia 3DTV Play (HDMI GeForce 3D Vision drivers).
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