Built to simulate - XTAL headset primed for further upgrades

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Ever the tinkerers, the VRgineers team is deepening the immersive experience that the impressive XTAL headset is capable of

Quick read

➨ With a total resolution of 7680 x 2160 (3840 x 2160 per eye) thanks to two 4K fast switching LCD displays, the headset delivers a simulated reality that is close to VRgineers’s ultimate aim
➨ Plans are in place to allow designers to overlay a virtual dashboard over a physical one so that it can be interacted with and tested, with a view to giving automotive manufacturers the ability to explore new ways of controlling in-car features
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The story

The made-for-enterprise, 4K resolution per eye, 180° field of view, hands-free XTAL headset is set for further upgrades as its maker, Czech-US-based VRgineers, eyes deeper immersion and greater realism for automotive and other users.

Marek Polčák, chief executive officer of VRgineers, told VRWorldTech that XTAL’s chief strength lies in its visuals.

With a total resolution of 7680 x 2160 (3840 x 2160 per eye) thanks to two 4K fast switching LCD displays, the headset delivers a simulated reality that is close to VRgineers’s ultimate aim, according to Polčák.

He says: “We don’t want the visuals to look good, like most widely available retail headsets. We want them to look real. We need to achieve the highest possible level of simulation.”

Ever the tinkerers, plans are in place to allow designers to overlay a virtual dashboard over a physical one so that it can be interacted with and tested, with a view to giving automotive manufacturers the ability to explore new ways of controlling in-car features.

In response to automotive industry feedback, VRgineers is also looking at the addition of a front-facing camera to XTAL to enable users to switch between virtual, real and MR.

Polčák says: “This is something that I’d love to see for virtual test drives. When you finish the cockpit of a car design, you can take this to a virtual test track and try it out.”

“This would allow you to try a design out on any road or track and see how it performs under any number of conditions and in whatever circumstances you like.”

Subscribe now to read more about VRgineers in the next issue of VRWorldTech Magazine, out in August and focusing on the automotive industry

Main image: XTAL by VRgineers

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