Viewing the future with the Sony Visor
HMZ-TI 3D viewer — one more step towards virtual reality
Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 19:07
The HMZ-T1 3D viewer, also known as the "Sony Visor," is what it's all about. The HMZ-TI will be officially hitting the stores in the U.S. at the end of this year for $799.
The HMZ-TI premiered this summer at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). At first, it was just a prototype that you held up to your face. Now it's a full-on, complete model with headgear and a unique viewing experience.
The Sony Visor allows video game playing and TV and movie viewing in stunning 3D. I have no actual experience with the device, but if all the specifications and features turn out to be what they say they are, we are finally moving towards the future.
For all those familiar with the 80s Nintendo product, the Virtual Boy, imagine that piece of technology but with a cleaner look and no headaches. The headset has dual 720p HD OLED displays, which deliver both 2D and 3D video with an integrated pair of 5.1 surround sound headphones.
Here is a video of the Sony Visor in action, courtesy of the tech-savvy people at IGN Entertainment, a gaming website providing all types of gaming news.
It looks very futuristic.
Like the video review mentioned, it gives the user a wide range of vision along with surround sound. When it comes to actually gaming with the Sony Visor, you will either hate it or love it. In my opinion, it seems that playing with the Sony Visor will be disorienting at first, as the user is immersed in the actual game.
With this exciting technological release, I see some huge issues.
First, when it comes to movies, TV shows and games, people are always quick to point out the violence as it influences people to be destructive. The Sony Visor will not only aggravate the heated debate, but it may actually cause some people to get too engulfed into a movie or game. With excessive use of technology similar to the Sony Visor, users may confuse the game with reality. The next thing you know you're running around your house with some headgear and knocking stuff over, freaking out. This may never happen, but you never know.
Assuming that the Sony Visor turns out perfect, it will be what dreams are made of: the future gives me goose bumps. Virtual reality is still a long way away — at least I think so — but this technology is taking a huge step that I did not think was possible in the present day and age.
Whether its Visor fails or succeeds, Sony has changed the game.
Nintendo and Microsoft should be scrambling right now, trying to figure out ways to improve their gaming technologies.
Personally, I would never encourage spending $800 on any new piece of technology. However, you have to at least take the Sony Visor for a test drive.
Cheers to the future!
O'Dell Harmon is a senior aa communication & journalism major, but don't let the agriculture in his major name fool you. He is an avid gamer who knows the ins and outs of all things electronic.