I was recently contacted by ACER South Africa to review their Mixed Reality headset. I must admit that I wasn’t over eager to test their mixed reality headset as I am comfortable with the HTC VIVE High-End virtual reality headsets and the Oculus brand of Virtual Reality headsets.
My Virtual Reality business currently owns Several Virtual Reality headsets
- 10 x HTC VIVE Virtual Reality headsets
- 10 x Oculus Go VR headsets
- 10 x Oculus Quest Virtual Reality headsets
- 5 x Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headsets
- Several Generic VR headsets
- 10 x Samsung Gear Mobile VR headsets.
- At some stage we even developed our own Mobile Virtual Reality headsets.
- Soon to add several ACER MIXED REALITY headsets to our stock!
The above makes us kind of experts on various virtual reality headsets or so I believed.
We most likely have the biggest range of high-end virtual reality headsets in South Africa. The point being we have extensive experience in all kinds of virtual reality headsets except windows Mixed Reality headsets like the Acer Virtual Reality headset. To be honest I judged the ACER Virtual Reality headset before I have even tried it myself. I hate being arrogant and judgemental and yet I have stepped into the trap and judged the ACER Mixed Reality Headset before I tried it for myself.
My thoughts on the ACER Virtual Reality headset
The Acer Virtual Reality headset is an awesome device and in my opinion in the same class as other high-end virtual reality headsets like the HTC VIVE and the Oculus Rift and in some instances, it even outperforms these devices.
It is a Windows 10 compatible device with 2.89-inch x 2 Display size at 706 PPI with a 90Hz (HDMI 2.0) Refresh rate and 100 Degrees field of view and display resolution of 2880 x 1440 (1440 x 1440 per eye) HDMI 1.4 or 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity. For resolution, the VIVE and the Rift offer 1080×1200 per eye, while the ACER Mixed Reality headset are crisper at 1440×1440 per eye.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much clearer the ACER Mixed Reality headset was compared to any of the other Virtual Reality headsets and a big thumbs up from me! The ACER also have inside out tracking with a camera system making it much easier to setup than the old HTC VIVE with base stations and the Oculus Rift with its outside in tracking system.
The ACER mixed reality headset controllers are very similar to the Oculus Rift controllers and much better than the HTC VIVE wand controllers.
From a developer’s perspective it is just as easy to develop virtual reality software and games for the ACER virtual reality headset as it is to develop for the others.
At the time of writing Oculus and HTC VIVE is not officially supported in South Africa. If you buy a Oculus or HTC VIVE you have to send it back overseas to sort out any problems with the devices. ACER South Africa backs their VR headsets in South Africa and it is a much much easier process to sort out any problems that you may have with a ACER VR headset than any of the others!
Some less obvious reasons why we recommend ACER VR headsets:
- Currently the ACER VR headset is one of the most affordable high-end computer tethered VR headsets in South Africa. At the time of writing you could purchase a ACER VR headset for R7999.00 where the VIVE costs about R12 500.00 and the Oculus Rift R13500.00.
- It offers exceptional value for money compared to the other headsets.
- The display resolution is much clearer than the other VR headsets.
- It is easy to setup and easy to use.
- If you plan to develop virtual reality software, games or applications it is just as easy to program for the ACER than any of the other headsets.
- It is affordable.
Side view of the ACER Windows Mixed Reality Headset
The Acer Virtual Reality headset controllers is well designed and easy to use when you are immersed into Virtual Reality.