Although the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) unveils a lot of new products across all technology fields, the huge tech show also is an opportunity for techies and the tech media to get hands-on with recently announced products that we know are going to be released in 2019.
Massive XR product announcements from 2018 such as the Oculus Quest, Pico G2 4K and Pimax were on display while some exciting new AR, VR and MR headsets also were unveiled at CES 2019. Here are our highlights of the best new VR, AR, MR headsets at CES 2019.
Virtual reality HMD highlights at CES 2019
Both consumer and enterprise-level VR headsets were exhibited at CES 2019.
HTC VIVE Cosmos – hybrid VR
The big news from HTC was the Cosmos, which was a surprise for a few reasons. The VR HMD (head-mounted display) promises to be a tethered VR headset which may have the capability to be standalone or even smartphone-powered. The ambiguity about how this will work will be made known over the course of 2019 according to the manufacturer. However, this virtual reality headset offers inside-out tracking and 6DoF (degrees of freedom) while offering access to a huge content library.
- More information and specs: HTC VIVE Cosmos
HTC VIVE Pro Eye – enterprise tethered virtual reality
HTC also unveiled the Pro Eye which is a premium tethered VR headset and an upgrade of the HTC VIVE Pro but targets enterprise and business-level users. The main features are the integrated eye-tracking, improvements to the users’ comfort and better headphones.
- More information and specs: HTC VIVE Pro Eye
Pico Interactive G2 4K – business-level standalone VR
Pico Interactive surprised with the updated version of its Pico G2 offering a 4K resolution, which for a standalone VR HMD is impressive. A sleuth of improvements, catering for its business-level target audience have also been included, such as hands-free controls and replaceable face pads as well as a kiosk mode.
- More information and specs: Pico Interactive G2 4K
Oculus Quest – standalone consumer VR
Oculus was quiet at CES 2019, after announcing the Quest late in 2018, however it remains one of the most anticipated virtual reality releases in 2019. The all-in-one, standalone VR headset offers 6DoF and a somewhat affordable price tag of $399. Will it live up to the hype once it’s released in the Spring of 2019?
- More information and specs: Oculus Quest
Augmented reality highlights at CES 2019
AR saw the biggest number of new products released with both augmented reality headsets and AR glasses unveiled at CES 2019 which are all due to be released this year.
DigiLens Crystal – tethered AR
These augmented reality glasses from DigiLens are lightweight and need to be tethered with a smartphone via USB-C to work. However, the addition of a battery pack ensures up to 15 hours usage. Some of the key features include the holographic waveguide lenses.
- More information and specs: DigiLens Crystal
Lumus Sleek – waveguide powered AR
Little is known about the Lumus Sleek, but the AR glasses promise to deliver reflective waveguides, an HD display and a FOV of around 40 degrees.
- More information and specs: Lumus Sleek
RealMax Qian – AR/VR with a wide FOV
The standalone AR headset from RealMax is expected to be able to switch between AR and VR, while also offering 6DoF tracking and 100.8 degrees FOV with a 720p resolution. A controller will also ship with the Qian when its released later in 2019.
- More information and specs: RealMax Qian
Rokid Project Aurora – consumer augmented reality
One of the most exciting augmented reality products at CES 2019 is the Aurora. With a host of specs such as dual cameras, an RGB camera, stereo speakers, 6DoF and the capability of facial and object recognition (even limited audio translations), the AR wearable will pack a punch. The Aurora will be required to tether with a mobile device such as a smartphone, tablet or even the Nintendo Switch.
- More information and specs: Rokid Project Aurora
ThirdEye Gen X2- professional AR glasses
The X2 are professional augmented reality glasses which features high-quality specs. Some of the features include 3D tracking, a variety of sensors as well as 2 wide-angle cameras, dual noise-canceling microphones, and 32GB storage. This is a follow up to the X1 and the X2 has a price tag of $1,950.
- More information and specs: ThirdEye Gen X2
Mixed reality headset highlights at CES 2019
Although mixed reality still sees the smallest number of products available within XR, the announcement of the Nreal Light is another positive addition to this growing category.
Nreal Light – affordable MR?
The lightweight mixed reality glasses from Nreal allow for inside-out tracking, offers a 3DoF controller (Oreo), 3D sound and the Light is tethered to the Nreal proprietary external Android-powered computing pack. The FOV is better than average for MR at 53 degrees while also allowing users to swap the lenses for prescription lenses. The Light will be available later in 2019 and should be much more affordable than the Magic Leap.
- More information and specs: Nreal Light
See and compare our extensive list of VR, AR and MR HMDs on the Aniwaa VR-AR-MR comparison engine.