One of the main problems of VR glasses nowadays is the fact that they all look similar: overhyped ski goggles which disconnect people from the real world. Panasonic tried a different approach for the look of their VR headset, but this doesn’t necessarily translate to an improvement. They mostly resemble classic aviator glasses combined with a pitch of a dark steampunk vibe.
Headset or glasses?
The shape of the device makes it easier to be labeled as a pair of glasses rather than a headset.
However, the glasses feature noticeable improvements over traditional VR headsets, including micro OLED panels that were co-developed by Panasonic and Kopin, capping at a very high resolution that almost removes “screen-door effect” that is specific to most VR headsets.
Panasonic’s VR glasses are the first VR glasses that are compatible with HDR, which is a very spectacular thing, and they made sure that the technology was very well promoted thanks to a CG demo of the inside of a Japanese temple that had lights bouncing off golden decorations in a very realistic manner.
Panasonic is known to produce high quality audio equipment and their VR glasses are no exception: They used Technics drivers for the earbuds, which provide dynamic, rich audio quality.
One of the weak points of the VR glasses are the micro OLED panels that are relatively small, resulting in a square image that translates to a significantly lower viewing angle than regular VR headsets.