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Sony's 'Headman' 3D visor promises 3D gaming without the need for a new TV. Penny-pinchers rejoice!

Do you yearn to see Nathan Drake’s sand-covered shirt in three dimensions? Or want to witness the Helghast getting their SS-sponsored helmets knocked off in 3D? No problem. Wait, you’re too cheap to buy a new TV, you say? Well fret not, because Sony is developing a 3D visor (currently nicknamed Headman), which will let you play games without a tele box at all.

Though pricing details, a release date or what games might be compliable with the device are still a mystery, we at least know the Headman will have two small displays (one for each eye). It should also make your ear holes sing with its built-in headphones.


Above: Hey, bulky-lookin'

Deputy President of Sony Hiroshi Yoshioka has apparently been using the Headman already to get his simulation on with GT5. Speaking at technology tradeshow CES he said: "Nobody - not even my wife - interrupted me, so I could get the highest score”. Eh yeah, cheers for that, Hiro.

We don’t know about you, but this all has the faint and unpleasant whiff of Virtual Boy 2.0 to us. Here’s hoping the final visor will be a bit less migraine-baiting that Nintendo’s monstrosity.


Above: Gaming bliss

If nothing else, the Headman might at least give the option of forgoing forking out for a new 3D tele. And while it’ll no doubt make you look like the overlord of Twat Town, we suspect it will be cheaper than a new TV. That said, Toshiba also announced it’s new line of glasses-free 3D sets at CES. The panels will probably cost the Earth, but if you want to be free from shitty looking glasses and embrace 3D, your change purse might have to take the hit.


Above: Mmmm, crippling loan or looking like an idiot? Decisions, decisions

Sources: gamesindustry.biz and endaget

Jan 6, 2010


22 comments

  • BALLSTOTHEWALLET - January 11, 2011 12:10 a.m.

    This actually looks awesome, imagine Skyrim, fallout, Killzone, Resistence?, I couldn't really care about 3D, but I wouldn't mind getting lost in a single-player world. For the novelty alone, I gotta try it, like a low-tech holodeck. Dreading the price though.
  • shyfonzie - January 9, 2011 3:26 a.m.

    YES. YES. FINALLY, THE FUTURE IS NOW. Also, Headman sounds like it's a parody of the Walkman Marty McFly sees when he goes to the future.
  • Spybreak8 - January 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.

    It does everything, including allowing you to look like LeVar Burton from Star Trek. haha
  • jmcgrotty - January 7, 2011 8:03 a.m.

    "I wonder what resolution these will display in?" Vekrote, you're never going to get the answer to that. It implies that someone would ever buy it and find out. This product will sell exactly 0 copies. And that is a high estimate.
  • vekrote - January 7, 2011 1:16 a.m.

    If you were near sighted, the image displayed in the glasses would be close enough that you would not need you wear your prescription glasses with them. If you are farsighted, though, you might be out of luck unless the headset comes with a toggleable focus setting. Hope this clears up anyones concerns about wearing glasses with it. On an unrelated note, i wonder what resolution these will display in?
  • NightCrawler_358 - January 6, 2011 9:19 p.m.

    The future is now!
  • Darthspud - January 6, 2011 8:12 p.m.

    Erm, what about us that wear glasses? Could you wear them with th virtual boy?
  • Turboash - January 6, 2011 6:34 p.m.

    I had no idea that doucher from Nickleback was a hardcore gamer!
  • therawski - January 6, 2011 5:11 p.m.

    As long as It has a built in headset too I'm in!
  • ichigoame - January 6, 2011 3:53 p.m.

    the only reason i would buy a virtual boy is to complete my letz shake costume ha RC: AVOYAKI AUTOMOBILE ?
  • TheCakeIsaPie - January 6, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    Please let this technology go away. http://www.audioholics.com/news/editorials/warning-3d-video-hazardous-to-your-health
  • ShaneCedt - January 6, 2011 3:05 p.m.

    Hope it's not like getting "Virtual Boy Headaches"
  • Japanaman - January 6, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    I don't like the idea of having to wear glasses to view television displays properly, but I love wearing glasses without having to have televisions. The closer the images are to you, the more realistic the 3D is. Virtual Boy was awesome because you are totally enclosed in a 3D environment, so if we get Real D 3D movies and similar games in glasses, that rocks!
  • PanzerDSS - January 6, 2011 2:58 p.m.

    It looks like a cross between the Atari Jaguar CD add-on and the Virtual Boy. Who wouldn't want that?!
  • jameseverett - January 6, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    This also allows you to look like Geordie Leforge from Star Trek :D
  • SAUGAPRIME - January 6, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    I heard a lot of people are getting verdigo from there 3D televisions
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - January 6, 2011 1:36 p.m.

    But can you wear glasses while using this? Somehow I doubt it.
  • KnightDehumidifier - January 6, 2011 1:05 p.m.

    Looks like the starter kit to your own personalized Daft Punk helmet.
  • NESman - January 6, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    I wonder what the viewing angle is on the glasses free 3DTV? Is everyone going to huddle snug on the coach to not get a double image?
  • Baron164 - January 6, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    I'm still not hugely sold on a 3DTV of any kind. But the only kind I will consider getting is the glassless variety but not until they are reasonably priced.

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