Realities

iQiyi, the Chinese Video Entertainment Company, Launched a $300 4K VR Headset

5g china iqyi
credit: prnewswire.com

Recently, the Beijing-based company iQiyi launched the Qiyu 2S, a new virtual reality headset. The device is basically a more affordable version of its last year 4K VR headset.

Just a little heavier than a baseball cap, the Qiyu 2S weighs 280 grams, which means it’s definitely lighter in comparison to other devices.

The headset uses chips from Qualcomm, has 4K resolution and Wi-fi support, with a starting price of 1,999 yuan ($294).

iQiyi had a great evolution since 2010, going from a video streaming platform to an actual production studio, scoring more than 87 million subscribing members at the end of 2018.

Leon Chen, Senior Vice President of iQIYI, at the 2019 iQIYI World Conference

Therefore, iQiyi’s plans to incorporate more AI and VR/AR technology to improve the experience – presented at its annual conference in Beijing this week – really make sense.

Having a grip on the hardware and content in the same time would make it easier for iQiyi to understand what users need. On that note, launching a VR headset is kind of a premiere for a company that produces entertainment.

Custom VR content for the new headset includes pop music concerts experiences and movie watching in-app, from basically a virtual cinema, created with the high-resolution projection screen. Steam and other platforms for gaming are also available for iQiyi users.

Chinese e-commerce channels like Alibaba’s Tmall, JD.com and iQiyi’s online store will be handling distribution. A pro version of the VR headset is scheduled to launch in October.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

To Top