It feels quite fitting that the week after Sony launches its PlayStation VR headset that we hear about a monster new VR headset on the way from a company that I hadn't heard of until just now: Onix Virtual Reality, a new VR HMD company that "is taking a modular approach to upgradability".
Onix is working on a high-end VR headset called Pulsar, which features a curved 4K display flicking along at a huge 120Hz, oh and it's wireless, and can be used tethered if you want a high-end experience, or self-contained if you want to use it on its own. The basic Pulsar unit will need a PC to use it, but you'll have the option of buying upgrade modules that "change the core function of the hardware", reports Tom's Hardware.
The report continues: "Onix VR plans to release a tether-free upgrade to make the Pulsar HMD wireless, and the ultimate configuration is the self-contained unit. An upgraded head strap that includes all the computational power necessary for high-end virtual reality experiences is in the works to make that possible".
Onix founder Alen Peric talked with Tom's Hardware at During Immersed 2016, where he said that the curved screen "helps bring the focal point of the display closer to the lenses", allowing for even wider viewing angles, and it helps "combat chromatic aberration".
Onix VR is tapping the display from LG's G Flex 2 smartphone in its current prototype stage, but the company will use a 4K-capable 120Hz display in its final design. The company is in discussions with many different companies, talking about designing a screen for Pulsar. The base model will use a Thunderbolt 3-compatible USB port, but Peric is well aware of the issues surrounding performance - 4K 120FPS isn't easy, not even for the best of the best graphics cards on the market, like NVIDIA's Titan X which costs $1199.
Peric says that GPUs will be released throughout 2017 that will handle 4K 120Hz, but said that the company will have to wait for the required GPU horsepower before they can launch Onix. As for price, Peric says that Onix VR will be somewhere between $800 and $1000 for the base model, but didn't provide any prices on the upgrades.
Who the hell is Onix VR? Peric launched Onix VR at the age of just 22, and in four months he, alongside his Chief Design Officer, Klemen Verbovšek, are working to get Onix VR to market. The VR headset is still in the concept phase, but the company hopes to have a working prototype early next year, and then launch in Q4 2017.