Jan 4th, 2017

2016 was a great year for finally getting our hands on VR, but neither of the major three headsets could be considered affordable. The HTC Vive costs $800 out of the box and offers the most features for your money, while the Oculus Rift follows at $600, but without some of the bells and whistles found in the HTC Vive. PlayStation VR is arguably the most affordable option this year at $399, but that’s if you don’t could the necessary $299 machine to use it.

Now that we’ve seen what the industry is capable of in the high-end, this year several manufacturers will throw their hats into the ring with cheaper offerings. Lenovo is one of the first, revealing a sub-$400 headset at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year.

While not a lot of details were reveals about the new headset, Lenovo says it will weigh about 350g which is about 100g lighter than the HTC Vive. The new headset will be equipped with a higher resolution display than both the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, with two 1440×1440 OLED panels.

All of that sounds amazing, but it should be mentioned that the prototype Lenovo brought to the show was a non-working prototype. It remains to be seen if such a device can be produced for under $400, but if Lenovo pulls it off we’ll probably see new generations of Rift and Vive that attempt to price match these headsets from “third-party” manufacturers.