AMD Sulon Q ‘PC-Free’ VR Headset Unveiled


Chip manufacturer AMD is preparing to immerse itself in virtual reality, lifting the curtain on its own plans for a headset prototype, the Sulon Q. A collaboration between AMD of Sunnyvale, California and Toronto’s Sulon Technologies, the Sulon Q represents one aspect of AMD’s venture into VR as revealed at the 2016 Game Developers Conference.

The Sulon Q is to blend virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) and, separating itself from competitors, comes with its own computational hardware as part of the package.

The Sulon Q virtual reality headset

Those innards are courtesy of AMD, which supplies an FX-8800P chip and Raedon R7 graphics technology, running off Windows 10 installed to a 256GB solid state hard drive. Noise-canceling headphones and two front-facing cameras are built in to the ambitiously tether-free headset while a keyboard and mouse are also pack-ins.

By comparison, the two other major players in 2016’s PC-based VR field, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, require similarly muscled but separate computers to power them.

AMD also announced a development-grade graphics card, the Raedon Pro Duo, which dovetails with its LiquidVR software suite to offer a ready-made route towards users of the Oculus and HTC kits.

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