Despite us giving Sony’s 3D headmounted display – the HMZ-T1 – 4 out of 5 stars (great), we still can’t help but overlook some of the shortcomings of the device. And if you’ve ever visited one of their stores, then you know what we’re talking about. The whole thing feels a bit flimsy in the hand, and clearly can’t stand up to the rigors of everyday use, at least when it comes to hordes of tourists.
Nevertheless, Sony has seen fit to issue a new iteration, and this time it would appear that it’s 20% lighter than the first. To accomplish this feat they’ve removed the headphones. Instead you’ll need to bring your own, wired or wireless, which is probably a good thing because if memory serve correct they weren’t on par with the HMZ-T1′s displays.
And speaking of which, those have remained the same, measuring .7-inches in size with a screen tech that is rapidly becoming the standard, OLED. And although they’ve removed the headphones, there remains to be an onboard sound processor allowing you to enjoy 2.0 or 5.1-channel surround sound. This should pair well with the headset’s new ability to playback movies in 24p True Cinema, as well as 3D. Other features, which are not new, include a 720p resolution, 45 degree angle of view, and a viewing experience that is equivalent to that of a 750-inch movie screen 20 meters from your face.
Sony hasn’t said when they’ll go on sale, but if we had to guess, we’d say they’ll cost $750, a $50 price reduction over the last iteration.