The Huawei VR headset one-ups the competition with 360 degree sound field

At the Shanghai launch of the new Huawei P9 and P9 Plus smartphones, it became apparent that the Chinese mobile mogul is looking to enter virtual reality headset territory. It introduced its own spin on the concept, safely titled the "Huawei VR". It seems quite familiar to the Samsung Gear VR in style and principle, with its sci-fi design and frontal slot for a large-screen phone – in this case, the P9, the P9 Plus, and the Mate 8.

That's not the interesting part, really. These spectacles' special party trick is a 360-degree sound field, which Huawei claims is a first for VR headsets. If the VR experiences you'll be enjoying have surround sound and you got a pair of decent earphones, you'll get the illusion of sound coming at you from all sides. Huawei says users won't be able to wear glasses underneath the headset, though, but its adjustable lenses can compensate both for short-and-nearsightedness, so this shouldn't be a problem.

The Huawei VR offers a 95-degree field of view, which is adequate and good for competing with the Samsung Gear VR's 96-degree FOV. The Chinese hot-shot is prepared to tackle its competitors on the software and content front too, offering some 4000 free movies (but most of them probably won't be VR videos), over 40 games, over 350 panoramic images and over 150 virtual tours.

Alas, Huawei didn't announce a release date, nor a price, so anyone on the lookout for one of these headsets will have to wait for more details. We presume the company will sell or bundle the headset anywhere its P9 smartphones are sold, which excludes the U.S. for now.

via Engadget



1. redbaronk12

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

I hope this will fit the 6P!

2. Unordinary unregistered

Just wait til Fall when the Playstation VR gets released and destroys them all.

6. Shocky unregistered

Playstation 4 hardware sucks, there is no way it can compete with Rift and Vive but will be step up from these mobile solutions. Playstation 4.5? maybe if you're prepared to buy another Playstation.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

PS4 is really old now, and it only have midranger GPU compared to other desktop class GPU.. next-gen GPU is just around the corner and desktop VR gaming will grow really fast :D

10. Unordinary unregistered

Let me know when your S7's and HTCs can play Far Cry or Black Ops 3 Also, I prefer not to be connected to 9 f**king wires, bells, and whistles lol.

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5804; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

*its comparable to budget desktop GPUs The GTX 750 Ti and AMD R7 260X and 360 can usually match the PS4, often more stable framerates too Intel's top Skylake iGPU will probably come very very close matching it Intel's top Kabylake iGPU (maybe out next year) will probably matching it comfortably

9. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Is the PS4.5 part of the 8th generation of consoles?

20. Shocky unregistered

Yes, but Sony will try and market it in a way not to piss off PS4 owners, so very careful marketing will be needed from Sony. :-)

11. Unordinary unregistered

Let me know when your HTC's and S7's can play Elder Scrolls Online or The Division

12. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

He's talking desktop, not phones. Phone GPU does not have the capability to render graphics at the level of desktop-level GPU.

14. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Playstation VR come with a box thats contain special hardware thats will boost greatly the power of the PS4 so its can support same quality VR as a PC on 1080p. Ofcourse whitout this booster box its could never run it.

18. Unordinary unregistered

What about the PS4K that is coming out soon? Time will soon tell. E3 is coming up. Supposedly, the PS4K will have be thinner and most likely have an upgraded GPU to widely support 4k gaming, as well as VR gaming. The PSVR looks promising and so far is the most polished VR out of the bunch, according to sources who have been testing for the past few months. "It feels like it is barely even on my head" - which is the main problem with VR right now. Most give you the reminder that you aren't truly immersed in such gameplay. /Shrug. We'll see soon. And yes, I am a Sony fanboy. Been one since my glorious Playstation 15 years ago..

23. vincelongman

Posts: 5804; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

No way Sony can release a sub $500 PS4K that can play 4K games The PS4K will be a PS4 that can play 4K media Maybe a slight performance boost so it can play more games at 1080p 60 fps with so many compromises

19. Shocky unregistered

What are you talking about? You don't know what the unit does do you? It doesn't boost CPU or more importantly GPU performance at all. Everything will have to be scaled back for VR on the PS4, compromising detail and resolution.

13. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Can you use playstation VR on your smartphone? nope you cannot. So Unordinary you are irrelevent. Still i am gonna get the Playstation VR personally because i dont beleive VR for now is to be used on a smartphone but thats my personal taste.

4. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Gear VR is that you?

5. Shocky unregistered

I don't see the point, 1080p displays and most of their phones use LCD and not AMOLED. The experience will be worse than Gear VR.

8. DRS1977

Posts: 680; Member since: May 27, 2015

Exactly and 4K should be coming soon. They are already behind the current screen technology. Resolution really matters in VR.

15. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Resolution really matters in VR using the type of VR they do on smartphone. They use lenses and its zoom the pixel so you see them. VR like Playstation VR and vive ect have there own screen so no pixel magnifications. When i tested the vive ( wich have similar resolution to rift and playstation VR ) i saw no pixel at all and its only 1080p ( aproximative )

22. therealestmc

Posts: 680; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

All the VR headsets are crap. They are all blurry as hell. I will wait for the day when I can actually see and use them properly.

24. Chuck007

Posts: 1417; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I am going to buy the PS VR. Maybe Oculus if their data mining aren't as intrusive.

25. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

The Gear VR can do 360° spatial sound since a long time.

26. KingSam

Posts: 1515; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Resolution isn't everything! Subpixel arrangement and count is equally important. PS vr uses 1080p AMOLED with four subpixel and screen door effect isn't bad.

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