Acer launches its new Windows Mixed Reality headset in India

Abhishek Baxi

Acer OJO 500

Acer has announced the launch of its Windows Mixed Reality headset, the Acer OJO 500, in India.

The new headset features a unique detachable design that enables the lens and head strap to be individually removed, making the headset easy to store and clean. The headset is available with either a hard or soft head strap – the soft head strap is machine washable and the extra-large padding on the hard head strap helps the headset fit securely and firmly in place.

In a first for VR headsets, the integrated audio system uses a patented sound pipe design that directs sound from the built-in speakers toward the wearer’s ears. In addition, the mask can be flipped up, eliminating the need to remove the entire headset to answer the phone or converse with people in the room.

The Acer OJO 500 sports two front-hinged 2.89-inch high-resolution LCDs that provide a wide 100 degree field of view and deliver a 2880 x 1440 resolution with a fast refresh rate of up to 90Hz for clear and realistic images.

The Acer OJO 500 includes a built-in interpupillary distance (IPD) wheel and a patented smart phone app to measure IPD distance (the gap between the eye’s pupil and the display). The Acer IPD Meter app ensures the display is set at the optimal distance from the wearer’s eyes

As a Windows Mixed Reality headset, there are currently over 2,500 games and applications available for the Acer OJO 500 between Steam VR and Microsoft Store. The headset comes with a 4-meter cable allowing a wide range of movement, and connects to a compatible Windows PC via HDMI 2.0, while a USB 3.0 connector downloads data.

The Acer OJO 500 will be available from Q1 2019 in India and is expected to be priced at INR 39,999. It will come in an optional configuration that includes two Bluetooth-enabled motion controllers. Commercial customers will be able to personalize the headset with a logo or company colors on the front cover.