Do you want to experience the immersion that comes with VR but don’t support using a headset? Well, Dimenco’s simulated reality display might be just what you need.
First shown at CES 2022, Dimenco’s SR Pro Display uses a unique combination of lenticular lenses, image processing and eye tracking to create a 3D image. Best of all, just like the Nintendo 3DS, you don’t need a pair of glasses to see objects popping out of the screen.
At Siggraph 2022, I had the chance to check out Dimenco’s SR display and run a few laps in Project Cars 2.
Usually when I get behind the wheel of a virtual car, my real-life driving skills disappear. I misjudge the curves of the track terribly and skid off the track into the barriers that surround my route. However, playing Project Cars 2 in 3D was a definite game-changer.
It wasn’t suddenly transformed into the Lewis Hamilton of racing sims, but my skill was greatly improved – to the extent that I was finally able to complete a full loop without crashing once.
The proper sense of depth not only helped me run better, it made the driving experience feel so much more real – in the same way that immersion in VR makes you believe you’ve been transported to another world.
That said, the experience was still a little behind the immersion that the best VR headsets offer. No matter how many times I wanted to grab the digital objects, I couldn’t interact with anything without using a controller or mouse and keyboard, which completely broke the feeling of immersion.
Plus, that screen will cost a little more than an Oculus Quest 2 – even after the Meta device’s big price increase.
Dimenco’s current SR display comes in one configuration – a 32-inch display with 8K image resolution – that costs $11,690 / €9,990 (opens in new tab) (about £8,400 / AU$14,495).
To run it, you’ll also need a decently well-specified PC with at least a 10th Gen Intel i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card – although depending on what you intend to use this monitor for, you may need a setup with a little more power behind it.
Compared to the Oculus Quest 2’s mere $400 / £400 / AU$630, DImenco’s display still doesn’t seem like a suitable alternative.
But over time we should see this technology become more affordable and, in turn, see the SR monitor the most popular gadgets – just like the Quest 2 which had massive sales thanks to its low price compared to its predecessors.
I hope we don’t have to wait too long either. from Sony Display of Spatial Reality (opens in new tab) – which offers many of the same benefits as the Dimenco display, albeit with a much smaller display – is currently only $4,000 (£3,300 / AU$5,700) (opens in new tab). This is still not what we would call thrifty, but the price is trending in the right direction.
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