Sony announces head-mounted personal HD & 3D viewer

By on August 31, 2011, 3:30 PM

Sony is ushering in the future (the one we imagined in the 90s) with a new head-mounted "personal viewer" that allows users to enjoy an immersive experience when watching movies, playing video games and listening to music. The HMZ-T1, which resembles something between a pair of futuristic goggles and a visor, will feature two 0.7-inch, 720p displays in the headset supporting 2D or 3D high-definition visuals and 5.1 surround sound.

Sony says it has optimized the integrated lenses to give users a wide 45-degree view, eliminating much of the borders surrounding the integrated OLED displays, and simulating a 750-inch cinema screen. The headset comes with a separate processor unit that uses a normal HDMI connection, allowing you to connect any HDMI device to the HMZ-T1. This means it will work with game consoles, a cable box, a Blu-ray player or even your computer.

Headphones are also built in the device with support for four modes: standard, cinema, game, and music.

Scott Lowe from IGN got some hands on time with the HMZ-T1 and apparently, after dealing with the setup process, it actually worked very well: "Instead of presenting users with a low-resolution, low-fidelity visuals, the HMZ-T1 actually rivals a full-sized HDTV in terms of picture quality. The quality of the dual OLED displays also makes 3D particularly effective. Since you're presented with a dedicated display for each of your left and right eye -- and because they are high-quality OLED screens -- the unsavory effects of stereoscopic video, like blurring, ghosting, and eye strain, are reduced."

Sony will be showing the headset off at IFA 2011 this week and expects to begin sales in Japan as early as November for around ¥60,000 ($783). Release information and prices for other markets are not available for now.

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Guest said:

A family using those would look scary. But give one of those please.

I just had an idea ....... 3d porn O_O

ramonsterns said:

At $700?

A new computer is worth that much.

Seems a little steep.

Mindwraith said:

First they make stupid 3D tv's that need ugly glasses to watch, and now instead of progressing they're going backwards? the glasses are getting bigger and uglier, until eventually we'll all wear motor cycle helmets to watch movies -_-

Guest said:

How is this backwards? Id love one of these, would be nice to be 1080p though, and with headtracking! I wouldnt buy this for movies, Id buy this for GAMES! games would be so emersive. Ive been waiting for this for years.

Richy2k9 said:

hello ...

Welcome back Glasstron ... in 3D :P

Said so, would love one .. the problems are with 720p videos & the price ...

well we can't have it all ... it if works just fine ... will certainly get 1 instead of 3D TV until the perfect 3D TV comes out.



A step towards virtual reality?

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

My only problem is that it is Sony... but I would like to try it out on my PC with a FPS


Wait, did I just see someone playing Halo?

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

NTAPRO said:

Wait, did I just see someone playing Halo?

No that was a VR simulation XD

Guest said:

A sad time to be poor... I want this thing. It is Halo they playing on it...cause the gadget is not exclusive to any particular device.


:o A contradiction lol...

Guest said:

I wear glasses. Can they be used for people that wear glasses?

Guest said:

Monitors are bad enough for your eyes, imagine what these things will do. I knew I should have gone into optometry...

nirvanafr3ak said:


It's a luxury guys. It is not marketed to the average gaming market. I am sure Sony is aware of this and treats this as a simple field test for some next gen technology. I think it looks ok, but the technology still needs further refining to make it more appealing to me.(including of course, an affordable price range)

Guest said:

I don't care that it's $700. I've been waiting for this since I was a kid--absolutely buying this!!

Guest said:

I want one. So bad.

I will connect it to my gaming rig and enter the Matrix.

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