Panasonic MeganeX 5K VR Headset Introduced at CES 2022

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CES 2022 is well underway, and VR headsets are on the menu. One especially noteworthy VR headset that has recently been introduced at the annual tech event is called MeganeX, and it weighs just 250 grams (8.8 ounces).

Created by Shiftall, a subsidiary of Panasonic that specializes in the development of innovative products with potential mass-market appeal, the headset is not just compact and lightweight but also capable of delivering stunning visuals.

Its Kopin’s 1.3″ 2.6K x 2.6K OLED microdisplays (combined resolution of 5.2K) can produce the same field of view as a 200-inch television viewed from 3 meters and achieve frame rates of up to 120 Hz. Because the microdisplays support 10 bits of color and cover more than 100% of the sRGB color space, the headset should be great not just for multimedia consumption but potentially also creation.

“It is necessary for VR glasses to be lightweight and comfortable to wear as well as deliver life-like images in order to be widely accepted to consumers,” said Takuma Iwasa, CEO of Shiftall. “We are very pleased with our close partnership with Kopin for the development of our VR glasses.”

Users of the MeganeX headset can make interpupillary distance (IPD) and diopter adjustments, allowing them to use it without contact lenses or glasses. The headset is also equipped with foldable speakers that increase its portability and make it a great travel companion.

MeganeX is compatible with SteamVR, and it should become available this spring, but no specific release date has been announced yet. According to Shiftall, it will cost around $900, which would put it in the same price range as the Valve Index.

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