SimulaVR, the startup behind its own open source VR Linux distro, is creating a VR headset that aims to bring the full power of a PC to the standalone format. However, the powerful little standalone will definitely cost a fortune, as it is set to include a detachable computer device with the insides of an Intel 11th gen NUC, which has a Core i7 mobile processor.
It’s about a month ago we first learned about Simula One, a headset targeted at developers and people who want to use Linux built into a virtual screen for work (not for gamers or consumers). Now, the company has released pricing and specifications ahead of its Kickstarter campaign, which is scheduled to launch sometime this month.
Here are Simula One’s specifications as they stand now:
- Screen: dual 2,448 x 2,448 per-eye LCDs at 90 Hz, RGB strip
- Lenses: Triple-element non-Fresnel design
- FOV: 100 degrees (estimated)
- Sensors: Dual RGB cameras,
- IPD range: 55 – 77 mm hardware adjustable
- Ports: 1 USB4 / Thunderbolt 4; 3-4 USB3.2 Gen 2 via USB-C with DisplayPort alt mode
- Sound: 3.5 mm plug, no microphone
- Connection: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth
- CPU: Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor (4.70 GHz / 12M cache)
- GPU: Integrated Iris XE graphics
- ram: 16 GB (dual channel)
- Storage: 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD
However, all that PC hardware comes at a price. Simula One is set to cost $ 2,799 for Kickstarter customers, which will then go up to $ 3,500 MSRP after the campaign ends. Early birds will be able to grab a limited number of headsets at a price of $ 2,499.
With the Kickstarter campaign, SimulaVR hopes to raise $ 2.5 million, something SimulaVR founder George Singer says is the basic amount the project needs to get in balance. While the initial $ 2.5 million request is undoubtedly large, the startup has presented a rather compelling cost breakdown along with a defense we simply do not hear enough about this kind of ambitious projects:
“We have noticed that other campaigns will sometimes target very small fundraising targets to easily beat them / not risk public failure. That is not the case with our campaign: it requires a higher amount to launch an operation like this, and we would rather be open and transparent to people about it in advance. “
Singer admits there is “a very real chance that our Kickstarter campaign could fail”, which would force the company to either abandon Simula One or delay operations to seek alternative funding. We just have to see how forgiving the Friend chart of professional VR users and Linux developers is; Singer says the campaign must sell at least 892 units to go into balance.
In addition to the model mentioned above in the specification sheet, the campaign will also provide funding levels for a tied headset for consumers who want to supply their own computer, docking stations for office desks and a more expensive headset made with finer materials.
There’s still no one to say when Kickstarter for Simula One will arrive. If you want to be notified just before it launches, you can subscribe to email updates here.