When it comes to virtual reality headsets, people expect certain expectations in terms of resolution, refresh rate, mass, and other fine details. Bigscreen VR’s first headset, Beyond, exceeds those requirements and delivers an entirely new experience to users. The device is wired only, making it one of the lightest on the market at just 127 grams, or 4.5 ounces. Though lightweight and small, it has a massive resolution of 5120 x 2560, a refresh rate of up to 90Hz, and a range of customizations. The pancake lenses, unique to Bigscreen VR, help to contribute to its thin and light profile, further enhanced by the added comfort of the face cushion.
The face cushion is highly customizable, allowing users to scan an image of their face with an iPhone XR or newer to give Bigscreen access to a sub-millimeter precision 3D mesh of the user’s face. Because the cushion is easily removable with magnets, the headset can be passed along to other users with ease. Other features included with the device are stereo microphones, a proximity sensor, USB-C cable, and a USB-C port compatible with a range of audio sources. There are two options for straps, one designed for comfort and one that comes with high-end audio.
Though the Beyond headset is available now for preorder at $999, it is refundable. It also doesn’t include the necessary SteamVR base stations or Valve Index controllers, but it does recommend the use of the Tundra Tracker or HTC Vive Tracker for full-body tracking. Beyond is scheduled to start shipping in the third quarter of this year in the US.
For the price and specs, Bigscreen VR has made a great headset with a compelling design, superb features, and plenty of customizations. Though the headset itself is lightweight, the price isn’t light, so it’s important to consider what you’ll be doing with the device before jumping into the purchase. As with any technology purchase, customers should research their purchase and look into how the device will best benefit them. For many, however, the Beyond headset seems to be a stellar choice.