The VR PC headset is the host, powered by an Intel i7

Now, writing code in a virtual world is a reality! Just put on the VR glasses, pull out your keyboard, and a string of codes can fly out in front of your eyes:

Turn your head a little and you can browse the web:

(Well, it's more convenient to go to Google, Stack Overflow, GitHub...)

It’s OK to write codes in coffee shops and on the grass, and you can also turn on AR mode without hindering communication with people:

At this point, you may have discovered Huadian, this VR glass is not just a tool to replace the display screen, it has the ability to calculate and process itself. Yes, this is actually a VR computer!

The headset, called Simula One, was launched by SimulaVR. It is a Linux standalone headset priced at $2,699 (equivalent to about 17,000 yuan) and is expected to be released in Q4 this year. So it seems that VR products are finally going to be productive?

Equipped with Intel i7, the system is based on Linux

Next, let's take a look at the specific performance parameters of this VR computer.

First of all, in the choice of CPU, Simula One is indeed a PC. It is powered by an Intel i7 chip for high-end notebooks. The graphics card uses the Intel Iris Xe core display, which is capable of performing and thin enough. Memory is 16GB DDR4 and storage is a 1TB NVMe SSD.

It is worth mentioning that the computing kit of Simula One is detachable. That is to say, the upgrade can be completed later by replacing the chip. In terms of system, Simula One uses an open-source Linux system designed for VR devices - SimulaOS.

x86 architecture chip + Linux-like system, which means that various ordinary PC applications that support Linux system can run in this VR device (such as Firefox, Chrome, LibreOffice, Emacs, Vim, etc.).

Then there are the display issues that people will be concerned about on VR headsets. Simula One can achieve 2448X2448 screen resolution and a 90 Hz refresh rate. The pixel density reaches 35.5 PPD, which officials say is higher than all VR headsets on the market.

The field of view is 100°, and the lens supports 55mm-77mm independent adjustment. It supports 6DOF position tracking, eye, and hand tracking, and is equipped with dual wide-angle high-resolution RGB cameras, which can be used in AR mode.

At the same time, it can also be used as an ordinary VR glass, which can be connected to the PC of Windows / Linux system, and also supports SteamVR.

Pre-sale has started, shipping by the end of the year

At present, the official pre-order of Simula One has been opened.

  • The pre-order price of the regular version of Simula One is $2,699 (equivalent to about 17,000 yuan);
  • Simula One's first limited edition is 4,999 US dollars (equivalent to about 31,600 yuan);
  • The Simula One split (connected to a PC) version is $1,999 (equivalent to about 12,600 yuan).

The delivery time is no earlier than the fourth quarter of this year, and the first limited edition will be given priority.

The official KickStarter crowdfunding program has been launched before, but it has been cancelled; however, users who participate in this program early will receive 50 discounted places of $2,499. And the product only supports refunds within one week after the deposit is paid, and no refunds will be made after this period. However, this VR computer that was born in the air still attracted the attention of the majority of netizens.

On the other hand, its price is really not very friendly. And the way of pre-sale is also very worrying, whether the final product will not be as good as advertised.

Some people refuted the example of Apple computers, saying that the price may not be the real threshold: you must know that the price of Apple's second-generation computer in 1977 was equivalent to the current $5,000 (equivalent to RMB 3w+) and sold more than 5 million at that time. Desk?

Everyone's mood is basically the same: both anticipation and worry. On the one hand, this product is indeed an interesting project, one can't help but wonder what it is like to code in the metaverse.

Some people also said that this is a VR headset + computer after all, and it is normal for the price to be more expensive. In the end, the focus of everyone's attention is, can it really replace the computer? If it's also very comfortable to use on a day-to-day basis, I'd really buy one to try.

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