At CES 2018, ZEISS, an international leader in the fields of optics and opto-electronics, has debuted their newest product, the ZEISS VR ONE Connect.
ZEISS has begun to showcase the VR ONE Connect for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas at booth #21730 in South Hall, January 9 – 12, 2018. Attendees will be able to demo this first of its “kind VR product at the booth,” according to press release notes.
The ZEISS VR ONE Connect bridges the gap between PC-connected VR gaming and mobile VR by connecting the smartphone in the mobile VR headset to your gaming PC. The product gives mobile VR users more interactive gaming possibilities than ever before by allowing them to play games through SteamVR™, which currently has roughly 300,000 users. It boasts a high-quality VR experience with a comparatively low investment. The product may be used with iOS® and Android™ smartphones.
“This solution is a first of its kind in the VR space,” said Franz Troppenhagen, senior product manager at ZEISS. “Users will now be able to access games on SteamVR™ in a much different way than previous options, and they’ll also have access to traditional VR apps and 360 video content.”
The VR ONE Connect will be hitting store shelves in the US sometime this spring, with a price tag of $129 USD. The bluetooth controllers can function with the ZEISS VR One headset, or any other proper Mobile VR Headset.
The following comes from the ZEISS Press Release:
Hours of gaming fun thanks to ergonomic controllers
“In addition to its premium quality, the benefits of ZEISS VR ONE Connect are its comparatively low price and its user-friendliness,” says Troppenhagen. To use it, all you need is one of the latest smartphones (iOS®2 or Android™3) between 4.7 and 5.5 inches in size: simply insert it into the ZEISS VR ONE Plus headset and you’re good to go! The smartphone’s built-in sensors record the wearer’s head movements.
A key feature of ZEISS VR ONE Connect are two wireless 3DoF controllers. DoF stands for “degrees of freedom”. “3DoF” means that three motion axes are recorded by the sensors: tilting forwards, swiveling to the left or right, and rotating your wrist. The controllers are compact and lightweight. Thanks to their ergonomic shape and non-slip surface, you won’t drop them even after hours of gameplay.
Simple setup, low latency
The controllers and the smartphone are linked via Bluetooth®4. You can intuitively operate the VR games through the integrated touchpads and the trigger buttons. The interplay between the sensors in the controllers and those in the smartphone enables gamers to interact with the VR environment and dive into the virtual world with great ease. The input delay, or latency, is low: this creates a smooth VR experience.
Your smartphone and the ZEISS VR ONE Plus are linked to a VR-ready computer via USB. ZEISS VR ONE Connect has been optimized for use with SteamVR™ and works with current games and other platform content. Steam® is one of the world’s largest online marketplaces for computer games and software. Since 2014 SteamVR™ has been a well-known sales platform for VR content. That’s why there’s such a comprehensive range of premium titles that ZEISS VR ONE Connect owners can access.
According to Troppenhagen, ZEISS VR ONE Connect also benefits from technical advances over the long term: a higher-resolution smartphone display, a powerful processor and a faster graphics card in the gaming computer all make for a better VR experience.