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AMD technology powers Sulon Q VR headset

By Mike Williams

AMD technology powers Sulon Q VR headset

Wed 16 Mar 2016 12:03am GMT / 8:03pm EDT / 5:03pm PDT
Virtual RealityAugmented RealityGDC 2016

The untethered Sulon Q is powered by AMD CPU and GPU technology.

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Chipmaker AMD has partnered with Toronto-based firm Sulon Technologies to create the Sulon Q virtual reality headset. Announced at an AMD press event, the Sulon Q differs from the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in that it does not require a high-end PC to operate. Instead, the Sulon Q's PC hardware is built into the unit itself.

Sulon says the Q headset has a "Wear and Play" design. There's no wires since the unit is self-contained and no controller, as Sulon's proprietary spatial processing unit recognizes gestures. The spatial processing unit and mounted 3D cameras also mean that the Sulon Q does not need any external cameras or a setup like the Vive's Lighthouse tracking system. In addition to virtual reality, the headset can handle augmented reality, via a pass-through system enabled by the 3D cameras.

The Sulon Q is powered by Windows and AMD's Liquid VR. The full system specifications are as follows:

  • AMD FX-8800P processor with Radeon R7 graphics
  • Sulon spatial processing unit (SPU)
  • 8GB memory
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution OLED display
  • 3D spatial audio powered by GenAudio's AstoundSound
  • Built-in 3.5mm audio jack and Sulon Q earbuds
  • Dual noise-cancelling embedded microphones
  • Sensor package: accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
  • Wireless keyboard and mouse (works with any other Windows 10-compatible controllers and joysticks)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0
  • Two USB 3.0 ports
  • 110 degree field of view

The Sulon Q is planned for a late spring launch, but Sulon has not offered a price point for the headset.

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4 Comments

Carl Hudson Studying Computer Science, University of Adelaide

72 87 1.2
Game-changer or also-ran ?

Posted:5 months ago

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Craig Page El Presidente, Awesome Enterprises

501 341 0.7
Carl, I think that depends on the price and Unity / UnrealEngine support.

Posted:5 months ago

#2

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,588 1,635 0.6
You can probably also cook breakfast or reheat a cup of coffee on that thing. I do wonder how "safe" all these new vr sets will be for long-term users...

Posted:5 months ago

#3

Lee Hansiel Lim Game Developer - Unity3D, Anino PlayLab

35 3 0.1
The heat isn't the only problem... I don't think those specs will hold on for games a year after VR has gone mainstream (assuming it does). Unless those components are modular, this unit is probably here for the short-term.

Posted:5 months ago

#4

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