When it comes to virtual reality (VR) headsets, we have your more mainstream and well-known headsets such as the Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard, HTC Vive, and the Sony PlayStation VR. However, there are some other VR headsets out there that are aimed more towards enterprise users, such as VRgineers’ XTAL.
For those who are unfamiliar, the XTAL headset is a VR headset aimed at enterprise users who might have a demand for more powerful headsets that the more mainstream devices cannot offer. More recently, the company introduced a new AR module that can be used together with the headset. The combination of AR and VR has turned the XTAL headset into a mixed reality device, which the company claims is “the most advanced mixed reality (MR) system ever created, and the only enterprise-grade MR system capable of total immersion.”
What this means is that for users who need the full immersion of VR, that option is available to them. However, in the event that they need to interact and see the real-world, all they need to do is toggle to AR mode and they’ll be able to see their environments as well as any objects that might be overlaid on what they are seeing.
The company claims that by allowing users to toggle between AR and VR, it would allow them to expand the use of the XTAL in more confined spaces, such as airplane cockpits or simulators where mounting outside-in cameras might be difficult due to a lack of space.