Sony HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer first look review

What is the Sony Personal 3D Viewer?

Sony has been showing off the rather futuristic HMZ-T1 at IFA 2011, what it calls a ‘personal 3D viewer’, aimed at gamers and avid film watchers. It’s a headset with twin high definition OLED displays and simulated 5.1 surround sound that gives users an all-encompassing 3D experience.

There’s a 45 degree horizontal viewing angle which Sony says, is like a real 750-inch movie theatre screen at a virtual viewing distance of 20 metres.

First impressions are rather space age and the display at Sony’s IFA stand was surrounded by a gaggle of technology journalists eager to try them on, but what can they actually do?

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Viewing films and games on the Sony HMZ-T1

Sony's personal 3D viewerThe two 0.7-inch OLED displays are high definition, each panel has a screen resolution of 1280 x 720, and have a fast response time of just 0.01 milliseconds. Sony says this should create smooth, natural video, even when viewing fast-moving images as you might in video games.

When you watch in 3D the two screens display HD video independently. This should make for more comfortable 3D viewing as cross-talk and blurring are minimised.

Sound-wise Sony has used what it calls ‘Virtualphones Technology’ which promises a 5.1 simulated surround sound experience. There are four different modes to choose from including cinema, game, music and standard.

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What else do I need to know?

In all honesty this is likely to be a fairly niche product, only appealing to the avid of gamers or movie watchers. There’s a lightshade that shuts you off from the rest of the world and enables you to get completely involved, so it’s not very sociable. Probably not something for everyone but a truly all-encompassing experience for those that want one.

Pricing and availablity has not been confirmed by Sony yet, but we’ll keep you up to date when this is released.

For the latest from the show, read our live from IFA 2011 news page.

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