The Alcatel Vision, A VR Standalone Headset

The Alcatel Vision, A VR Standalone Headset

The vast majority of the virtual reality headset options that are making up the rapidly burgeoning marketplace require other devices for full functionality. Some such as the Oculus Rift need to be paired with a computer, whereas other notable examples such as the PlayStation VR obviously only work alongside a video game console. Then you have all of the lightweight options from Google that basically wrap cardboard around your smartphone, strange as that may sound.

In a genius move, Alcatel has come through with the Vision, a VR standalone headset that requires nothing more of the consumer in order to enjoy the various experiences it offers. Among a sea of consumers who often favor convenience, this is sure to become much more common among virtual reality headsets in the future. It’s rare for now however, with the Vision being one of the only options for those that don’t want to be bogged down by other expensive purchases.

Of course, the potential downside is that the aesthetic of the Vision has to be a bit clunkier, with more material overall in order to accommodate the more complex inner workings. Many have compared it to a helmet you might see a pilot donning in a star fighting science fiction epic. The overall build consists of a brace that goes around the entire head, the obligatory goggles in front, and a sizeable pad in the back that’s attached through plastic arms that are easily adjusted. This rear portion houses the unit’s impressive battery, making much of the bulk near the front a necessity. While it isn’t as sleek as the likes of the Google Daydream, Alcatel has still managed to maintain a respectable level of comfort and overall balance.

Not having straps seems brazenly outside of the norm for virtual reality, and yet the Vision seems to make it work. It fits onto the head quite securely, allowing for the full range of motion you’d hope to have when operating a VR standalone headset. It’s easy to assume the opposite would be true, but it’s quite freeing.

There’s even enough room in the goggles to accommodate glasses. Back when the 3D movie craze was running rampant, anyone with corrective eye wear was always forced into a rather uncomfortable situation if they had any hope of seeing what was going on. It’s uplifting to see that the landscape of VR headsets is avoiding more of the same.

The VR functionality works through a pair of AMOLED displays that are just under 4 inches each. The resolution is more than sufficient at 1,080 by 1,020 pixels. This isn’t going to contend with the upcoming 4K options, but that entire movement is still very early. The device is still quite powerful, with internal specs that resemble that of many higher end smartphones. For example, the 32 GB storage and 3 GB RAM will let you enjoy a wealth of virtual reality gaming and entertainment experiences. While it isn’t the most talked about option out there, Alcatel’s Vision seems poised to do very well in the rapidly populated marketplace of VR headsets.