Hands-On With The LeEco ExploreVR Headset

Virtual reality is a big market that is continuing to grow and it's clear that there is marketshare and revenue to be had here. Just about everyone seems to be entering into the VR market, and this includes LeEco as they have shown off the ExploreVR headset today at their San Francisco event. The ExploreVR headset does not function all that differently from competing devices such as the Gear VR or even the Daydream View headsets, but it does feature a slightly different design from those two options, as the headset secure itself to the head of the wearer via the hard plastic band that stretches from the top of the headset and straight down the middle of the head to wrap around the back of it, as opposed to using a simple adjustable head strap.

The headset is compatible with the Le Pro3 device which is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU and Adreno 530 GPU for the graphics processing. Users of the ExploreVR will find a USb Type-C port on board as well as Bluetooth connectivity, which is how users will connect headphones wirelessly while they're enjoying the virtual reality experiences that will be available on the platform.

As this was designed to be used in conjunction with the Le Pro3, the phone has to be mounted into the front of the headset to act as the display, and accessing this storage compartment is as easy as popping off the front plate, similar to the Gear VR. There doesn't seem to be many specifications to mention here for the ExploreVR, which is perhaps expected as the Le Pro3 more or less drives actual experience, however LeEco does note that the headset includes a 10,000 Hz Interial Measurement Unit, which they say was built-in to help decrease the latency time for head tracking which in turn allows for a more seamless experience for the wearer during use. The ExploreVR headset is expected to launch on November 2nd, but LeEco doesn't mention the cost of the headset. Having said that, LeEco is known for competitive pricing, so this shouldn't end up being too costly. It'll also be compatible with services like the LeEco Live streaming video service, although that isn't launching until early next year.

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