24/09/2020

Lenovo hasn’t made the best bets in virtual reality so far, but it seems like the company’s about to try again — according to a new FCC filing for the “Lenovo VR3030S,” which company docs identify as an upcoming standalone VR headset. Standalone means it shou…

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Lenovo hasnt made the best bets in virtual reality so far, but it seems like the companys about to try again according to a new FCC filing for the Lenovo VR3030S, which company docs identify as an upcoming standalone VR headset.
Standalone means that like Lenovos previous Mirage Solo or the Oculus Quest, it shouldnt require you to plug in a phone or PC, because the processing power is built right in. But where the ill-fated Mirage Solo relied on Googles effectively defunct Daydream VR platform, a new headset will presumably run on a different one: perhaps Valves Steam VR, Microsofts Windows Mixed Reality, or maybe even Facebooks Oculus?
Speaking of Lenovos unlucky bets in virtual reality, its a little-known fact that the Chinese electronics company was behind the Oculus Rift S headset you know, the tethered PC one that wound up playing second fiddle to the standalone Oculus Quest. (Did you also know that a licensing deal between Sony and Lenovo is how the Oculus headset can basically have the same headband as the PlayStation VR? Well now you do.)
The Oculus Rift S. Dont be surprised if Lenovos next headset looks a lot like this.
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge
While the FCC filings dont offer any other details on the new standalone VR headset, were curious if Lenovo will submit FCC certification documents for a new set of VR controllers, too the Mirage Solo wound up relying on Google-built wands, although Lenovo did wind up building its own simple two-button sticks for its second-gen Mirage AR headset with Disney.