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Would you buy a Sony Personal 3D Viewer for $900 Australian dollars?

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Pre-orders for the HMZT1 - which will retail in Australia for $899 - are available from January 27, though no actual street date has been confirmed. The device straps around your face (perfect for movie nights with the significant other) and offers both 2D and 3D viewing, as well as surround sound. It will be compatible with the PlayStation 3.

According to the press statement, the headset comes bearing a 0.7 inch high-def OLED panel and a "dual panel 3D method", meaning that each eye, assuming you only have two, will have its own screen. Immersion and a cinematic experience seems key here, with a horizontal viewing angle of 45 degrees.

Sony claims using the device will be akin to watching a 750-inch screen from 20 metres away, so it won't offer the on-location grit many still dream of in virtual reality gear, but it's probably the closest we're going to get for a while. There's no doubting the appeal kit like this will have for gamers, but we won't know whether it'll work in practice until we have one in our big grotty hands.

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23 comments

  • FPL4293 - January 25, 2012 10:07 p.m.

    I'm gonna buy one of these so I can put them on, run in the street and get hit by a car.
  • Yeager1122 - January 25, 2012 1:56 p.m.

    If i could try it first and it replaced my tv altogether then yes otherwise no.
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 25, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    Are Australian dollars like real money? Or do I just get them out of a Monopoly box?
  • lilspooky - January 25, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    I used this at an IGN event in SF a few months ago. It was a different model, but I wasnt very impressed. The 3d didnt have a lot of depth, the sound was no better then stereo, and it felt like a big heavy thing was stuck on my head the whole time. Personalty, I much rather play on my big tv with good speakers.
  • therawski - January 25, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    That's a good argument, but we all see 3D differently, and you probably saw a very early design. What 3D HDTV would you recommend for gaming?
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 25, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    I don't have one myself, but Samsung is usually regarded as the best TV makers.
  • basegod135 - January 25, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    i need it id pay 1000
  • firelegendmush - January 25, 2012 8:26 a.m.

    I already have a TV so no. If I needed one, maybe.
  • therawski - January 25, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    Yes. If it had special financing and at least a 2 year warranty.
  • nai1210 - January 25, 2012 7:53 a.m.

    800 quid is pricey but the quality is superior to that of a £2000 TV,and it's the best 3D effect around with zero ghosting effect
  • Squander - January 25, 2012 3:44 a.m.

    already heard many positive things about it - the price is way too beefy but I would love to try it
  • nai1210 - January 25, 2012 3:37 a.m.

    oh wait the picture is not upside down at all
  • nai1210 - January 25, 2012 3:35 a.m.

    The picture of the headset is upside down,not a huge fan of 3d but i have a mate who love's his gadgets and picked one of these up for 800 quid and i must admit it is a pretty cool headset,not the most comfortuble thing to wear though and he had to make some adjustments to the thing to block out light coming in from the side's of the visor,i was under the impression that only a few thousand where made as it was more a proof of concept design than anything,i know that they where pretty damn hard to get hold of in december,some people where selling them on for a profit i believe some where selling for around £1,200
  • inkyspot - January 25, 2012 2:46 a.m.

    No I won't.
  • Memph - January 25, 2012 1:50 a.m.

    600 quid? would i like as fuck :L
  • Enaksan - January 25, 2012 1:49 a.m.

    Have been keeping my eye on this, but £800 is a bit steep....
  • Hobogonigal - January 25, 2012 12:30 a.m.

    Oh my God, its the virtual boy all over again!!!!!!!! Noooooooooo!!! Joking! It actually looks really cool but I don't think I'll be paying $900 any time soon for it...
  • GAYMER - January 24, 2012 10:59 p.m.

    I'd buy it for 900 space dollars
  • Omrikon - January 24, 2012 10:36 p.m.

    Wait a second. If it's already $900, why don't we just go further overboard? Combine it with those temperature control collars they sell at Sharper Image, and it probably won't even cost above a grand, total, even if you throw in a hat that can hold your drinks. Still, can't say I feel like buying it. Maybe one day, when it's portable and you can use your PSP to play games that Sony streams to your devices, but not this day.
  • darnell-l-armstrong - January 24, 2012 9:59 p.m.

    fail....sorry, i just feel that way.....

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