If you were expecting Sony to bring something new and innovative rivaling what the Oculus Rift offers already in terms of immersion, then you will most likely be disappointed by the new Sony HMZ-T3W HMD device that the company has just announced. The HMZ-T3 is the third generation of 3D-capable HMD from Sony in their more recent experience that the company has in the HMD device market, as some years ago they have had other HDM devices as well. The new T3 does not add in the visual or immersion factors as it is still equipped with 1280×720 OLED displays for each eye and provides 45 degrees field of view, the same specs as the previous model had. And though not yet officially announced the device supposedly will use HDMI 1.4(a) frame packaging method for stereoscopic 3D support ensuring compatibility with the PlayStation 3 console and possibly the new PlayStation 4. And while the use of HDMI 1.4 interface for 3D makes it compatible for gaming in stereo 3D on PC as well, PC gamers will most likely want to wait a bit more for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift.
Sony HMZ-T3W Head Mounted Display Specifications:
– Display device: OLED panel x2 (1280×720 resolution)
– Virtual image size: 750 inches at 20m distance
– 3D ready: Yes
– Field of view: 45 degrees
– Headphone driver: 16mm
– Headphone frequency response: 4-27000 Hz
– Headphone sensitivity: 106dB/mW
– Picture Modes: Vivid, Standard, Cinema, Game 1/2/3/4, Custom 1/2
– Picture Settings: Clear Black, Picture, Brightness, Colour Temperature, Sharpness
– 24p True Cinema: Yes
– Picture Control for Dark Adaptation: Yes
– Preset Audio Modes: Standard, Cinema, Game, Music, Off
– HDMI/MHL Input(s) and Output(s): Processor Unit: 3 inputs (HDMI) / 1 through-output(HDMI) / Battery Unit: 1 input (MHL/HDMI)
– HMD Output(s): 1 output (HDMI)
– HDMI CEC Control: Play, Pause, Next, Previous, Fast forward, Fast rewind
– Other features: Video through-out, Auto power off, Wearing sensor, Prolonged viewing warning, password function
– Dimensions (WxHxD): Approx.189 x148 x270mm (Head Mounted Unit – with bands) / 80 x26 x119 (Battery Unit) / 150 x 31 x 107mm (Processor Unit)
– Weight: Approx. 320g (Head Mounted Unit – cable not included) / 210g (Battery Unit – cable not included) / 250g (Processor Unit)
– Battery life (with in-built lithium battery): 3h (wireless connection) / 7h(HDMI connection) / 3h (MHL connection)
– Supplied accessories: In-ear headphones, headphones attachments (S/M/L), 2x AC adaptors, AC cable, 1.5m HDMI cable, ambient light shield, carrying case
So what is new in the Sony HMZ-T3W HMD device? Slightly different design, just a bit lighter and a wireless option and a mobile battery. The useful feature here is definitely the support of WirelessHD technology for streaming the video without cables to the HMD device if your hardware is also capable of supporting the WirelessHD technology (supposedly with very low lag). And in order to be able to loose the cables you will also need a battery, so that you will not have to use not only a video cable, but a power cable as well and the HMZ-T3W does provide that as well. The battery should be able to provide you with up to 3h for full wireless connection or up to 7h when using HDMI cable connection for the video, though you probably would want to use the full wireless option.
According to Sony the new HMZ-T3W Head Mounted Display will be available in November 2013 in Europe and the announced price in Germany is 1299 Euro and in the UK is £1299 Pounds, there is no price and release date yet available for the American market.