Alcatel Vision VR headset hands-on


Alcatel unveiled an ambitious virtual reality headset at IFA 2016. The Vision, as it's called, need not be connected to a smartphone or computer to deliver an immersive VR experience. Rather, it's a self-contained unit powered by typical smartphone hardware, including OLED displays (one for each eye), a processor, and on-board storage memory.

We had a chance to test-drive the intriguing unit at the trade show. Putting it on, the padding around the eyes felt nice, with soft leather providing good cushioning. But something about the headset didn't feel right around the nose. Alcatel told us it's working on improving comfort for the headset's retail version.

Trying out some demo VR experiences left us with positive impressions. The experience is solid, thanks to the headset's wide field of view and the big lenses. The displays' 1080p resolution left something to be desired, however – the displays' individual pixels are clearly visible, leading to a "screendoor" effect. The latency, however, was very good – we don't see that becoming an obstacle for immersive experiences.

Alcatel told us it has has teamed up with entertainment companies like Jaunt VR, Magic Interactive Entertainment, and Fraunhofer to deliver pre-loaded content with the Vision. There are also two companion 360 cameras that plug into your smartphone and snip 360-degree photos and videos to be viewed with the headset.

At launch, the Vision might cost up to $600, which is certainly a lot to ask for, especially when Alcatel is associated with affordable devices. But this is new and rather ambitious technology, so the company's premium pricing makes sense at this stage. Alas, there's no launch date announced yet.

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8 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

VR820 is better and probably cheaper

4. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Better most probably because of better hardware and higher resolution + more sensor and camera. Cheaper thats remain to be seen :)

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

600 what?.... That's same office with oculus... I will wait for Intel alloy

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

This is standalone Dont compare with the oculus, which require a $600+ PC But yea, I'd recomend waiting for Intel Alloy, Google Daydream and most importantly the second gen of VR HTC/Valve are developing a wireless Vive, which IMO would be the best solution

3. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

600 what?. That's say same price with oculus..I will wait for Intel alloy with Windows holographic. Can't buy and Android device with zero upgrade and security

5. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

better to have false sense of security then? Windows is an os very much targeted by all virus and hacker ect so sorry for you. Also oculus + a computer thats can run it well will cost you MUCH more than 600$ btw.

7. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I will pay up.for a much better set up and support of steam.. vive ftw

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

$600... too much with no viable platform. Prefer to buy PlayStation VR for their exclusive titles. If Day Dream pick up then maybe.

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