Arpara Unveils Two 5K VR Headsets
With its specs and pricing, there aren’t many viable alternatives to the Oculus Quest 2 headset. Besides, many of the standalone alternatives such as HTC Vive and Pico Interactive usually tilt towards enterprise use cases. The Chinese hardware manufacturer arpara is hoping to fill the void with an all-in-one headset (AIO), a tethered VR headset along with its own social platform known as arparaland.
The two arpara headsets have similar display hardware and both promise two 1.03-inch 2560 x 2560 resolution micro-LED displays to give a combined 5K resolution so users won’t have to worry about the screendoor effect. According to Arpara, the display has a 3514 ppi as well as a 95-degree field of view (FoV). Both designs also appear to be more compact compared to the rival headsets.
The tethered arpara VR headset will be the first to arrive in the market and is set to launch in August. The headset will retail at $599. It will be connectable to various computing devices including a PC, phone, and consoles. This tethered headset weighs just 200 grams and can hit a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. It features a manual IPD adjustment of 56mm to 72mm as well as a diopter adjustment which has a stated range of between -100° to 500°. However, it is not built with its own tracking solution for full 6DoF immersion. This is only achievable through a separate solution such as the Nolo Tracking Kit.
On the other hand, arpara’s all-in-one virtual reality headset has been jam-packed with a lot more. It has four cameras for inside-out head and hand tracking all of which is powered by Qualcomm’s XR2 platform. It also features the same IPD diopter adjustment as the tethered arpara headset but its 4600mAh battery is located at the rear which counterbalances the headset and offers a more comfortable experience. However, the extras add to the weight so, at 380 grams, it weighs more than the tethered arpara headset. For maximum gaming visibility, the arpara AIO VR headset supports wired and wireless SteamVR or Viveport streaming. The launch of the standalone VR headset will occur after the launch of the arpara tethered headset which is slated for August.
Apart from the two 5K VR headsets, the company is also launching arparaland. This is will be a massive social world where one can hang out in, have live meetings and even attend live events. arparaland will also include avatar and environmental customization tools that will enable users to build their own character as well as home to live in. The ownership of digital assets in arparaland will registered on regulated blockchains and digitally stored forever. It will also be possible to mint digital assets in the social world as NFTs for auctions. Arparaland is also set to launch in August.