Headset has twice the effective resolution as Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift competitor shoots light beams into your eyeballs

Makers of a new gaming headset called the Virtual Retinal Display say the specs are more realistic than the Oculus Rift.

Unlike the Oculus Rift, which features an LCD panel, these goggles project light directly into each eye using an array of two million micromirrors.

The brain interprets the signal as an 80-inch panel viewed from eight feet away.

Because Retinal projection requires precise alignment, Avegant’s headset has a frame that expands to accommodate different face widths. It also has high-quality optical elements that can be individually adjusted, giving it that ‘optician’s glasses’ feel.

The Virtual Retinal Display offers a separate 1,280×768-pixel resolution image for each eye – twice the effective resolution of the current Oculus Rift developer kits.

Consumer prototypes are expected at CES 2014 and the device should be making its way to a crowdfunding site within the next few months.

Check out CNET’s hands-on with the headset below:

Main image via CNET

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