Sunday, 4 September 2011

Sony Announces 3D Headset

Sony has confirmed the existence of their first ever 3D headset, which is currently known only under its codename of HMZ-T1.

This futuristic-looking headset will allow users to view both 2D and autostereoscopic 3D  High-Definition images, which Sony claims will be equivalent to watching a 750-inch screen from a distance of around twenty feet, which is an amazingly large display for such a small device.

Furthermore, the headset will be equipped with 5.1 surround sound speakers, and the company has also suggested that the headset might well be intergrated with Augmented Reality software in the future, which will allow gamers to mix their gaming with the real world, making the headset a truly realistic and immersive experience.

There are also reports circulating around the gaming community which claim the headset has also been intergrated with motion-control technology, although we do not really know what form this will take at the present time.
The headset will be powered from a small HDMI device, which will be tethered to the headset via an HDMI cable.

Sony are of course using the Japanese gaming market as its consumer test base for the headset, which is currently said to cost around £500 RRP, (around $800). Sony will begin to trial the device on the 11th November 2011. There is no release date set for the European market however.

It sounds like something out of a Star Trek episode, but Sony's 3D headset has the potential to completely revolutionise the entertainment and gaming industries if it proves successful at launch. It also brings into question how other 3D gaming products such as Nintendo's 3DS console can hope to survive against large scale competition such as this?

3D gaming has been labelled as 'unpopular' amongst some developers of late, will the HMZ-T1 headset be the device which can put it back on track?


What do you think about the HMZ-T1 headset?

Will you be purchasing an HMZ-T1 headset?

How do you think the HMZ-T1 headset will affect the future of the games industry?

If you wish to discuss this device with other blog readers, please leave us a comment in the box below this post. Mini Gamers would love to hear your thoughts.

Remember to check in with the Mini Gamers blogsite for more news on this device as it develops.


  1. 1) Personally, I think it looks demented
    2) No, I am not spending my money on that thing
    3) I reckon it won't - another Virtual Boy, perhaps?

  2. Thanks, Strikester, yes, read your article on your blog. Maybe you are right, but a lot of people do like novelty gadgets (even if they eventually fade into obscurity) so it might prove more popular than you think... either way, it'll be interesting to see what happens.

    Thank you for your comment!