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The Bigscreen Beyond VR Headset: Features and Capabilities

Bigscreen Beyond


As virtual reality (VR) technology continues to advance, more and more VR headsets are hitting the market. One of the latest VR headsets to make waves is the Bigscreen Beyond headset. From social movie app to headset, In this post we'll be discussing what we've learned from various YouTubers, influencers, and review sites about this headset, and what makes it stand out from other VR headsets on the market.

First, let’s go over some general specs:

  • The Bigscreen Beyond headset is a wired PCVR headset that fully supports VR games on Steam.
  • The headset offers impressive OLED displays with a high resolution of 2560 × 2560, up to a 90Hz refresh rate, and tracking that's compatible with SteamVR base stations, controllers, and accessories.
  • The headset also features custom thin pancake lenses, which offer a 90-degree field of view and improved clarity compared to headsets that use Fresnel lenses.
  • The Bigscreen Beyond headset is designed to be lightweight and customizable to fit the user's face. 

woman wearing bigscreen beyond headset with valve index controllers

Design/Comfort

The design and comfort of a VR headset are crucial to an enjoyable experience, and the Bigscreen Beyond headset delivers on both. Weighing in at just 127g (without the custom facial interface), it's the lightest PC VR headset ever made.

This headset is designed to fit a wide range of head sizes and shapes, and it's customizable to fit the user's face. The facial interface is custom-made to order, requiring users to send their IPD and do a face scan using a modern iPhone with lidar sensor. Once the user has a good fit, there is zero light leakage, which is impressive compared to other headsets.

bigscreen beyond face scan with lidar from iphone


The headset has adjustable straps that allow for a customizable fit, making it comfortable for long periods of use. Although the headset lacks face tracking, eye tracking, hand tracking, cameras, built in audio or any other feature that could add weight, the comfort and fit of the headset more than make up for it.

Display

One of the most impressive aspects of the Bigscreen Beyond headset is its display quality. With a 4K resolution display, the headset offers a significant improvement over other VR headsets on the market.

Reviewers have noted that the OLED screens offer vivid colors and great blacks, although they may not be as bright as some other VR headsets. Despite not having "retina resolution," the headset has no screen-door effect, and everything looks sharp.

The headset features two micro OLED displays with a display resolution of 2560 x 2560 pixels per eye running at 75 or up to 90 Hertz. However, some reviewers have reported experiencing glare and some aliasing present in some geometry.

bigscreen beyond headset lenses


Additionally, the headset's pancake lenses may give reflections based on high contrast scenarios, leading to God Rays or glare in these only high contrast areas. While the headset's edge-to-edge clarity isn't fully present, the display quality is still impressive and immersive.

Audio

The Bigscreen Beyond headset doesn't have a built-in audio solution, but it does come with a USBC port, allowing users to plug in their favorite pair of headphones using a USBC to 3.5-millimeter headphone jack adapter.

Alternatively, Bigscreen is offering an optional premium audio strap accessory for $99 that features on-ear speakers and a more rigid head strap to replace the soft strap that comes with the headset.

bigscreen beyond headset audio strap

According to reviews, the audio quality of the stereo microphones located at the bottom of the headset is good and could work well as a dedicated mic for online multiplayer games or video calls.

Overall, the lack of built-in audio is not a deal breaker, as the headset is compatible with a wide range of audio solutions, and the optional premium audio strap offers a compelling upgrade for those seeking a more immersive audio experience.

Compatibility/Apps

The Bigscreen Beyond headset is an impressive VR device that offers a number of features that set it apart from other headsets on the market.

One of these features is its compatibility with PCs using a 5-meter fiber optic cable that breaks out into two USB A's and a single display port. This allows users to connect the Beyond headset to their PC and enjoy high-quality VR gaming experiences.

The headset is compatible with SteamVR, which gives users access to a vast library of VR games. But the Beyond headset isn't just about gaming; it's also designed to enhance social experiences. Using the Bigscreen app, users can watch movies, play games, and attend virtual events with others in a virtual space. This social aspect is a unique feature that sets the Beyond headset apart from other VR devices.

bigscreen variety of apps in VR

Pricing

The Bigscreen Beyond VR headset has generated a lot of buzz, especially due to its price tag of $999, which is higher than other VR headsets on the market.

However, it's important to remember that the Beyond is not just a VR headset, but a complete standalone system that includes a high-end PC in the headset itself. When you consider the cost of a high-end PC alone, the price of the Bigscreen Beyond becomes more reasonable.The Beyond's advanced features and capabilities make it a worthwhile investment for VR enthusiasts and professionals looking for a powerful, all-in-one VR solution.

It's important to note that the price only includes the headset itself and not controllers or base stations. Bigscreen also offers an optional $100 Audio Strap, which is a rigid headstrap with built-in speakers, and users can choose between the more basic version or the ultra-lightweight one designed for comfort and high-end audio.

Will It Work With Glasses?

Due to the size of the headset, its not practical to fit eyeglasses inside the headset. Instead, prescription lens inserts are recommended for the most comfortable experience. VR Wave will be soon launching Bigscreen Beyond VR lens inserts, stay tuned to the VR Wave newsletter to be informed when the inserts become available! Simply enter your email in the bottom bar of this website.

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In summary, the Bigscreen Beyond VR headset offers a range of impressive features that have garnered positive reviews from early adopters and reviewers alike.

The headset's small size and lightweight design, as well as its ability to be customized to fit the user's face, make it comfortable to wear for extended periods.

Its OLED screens provide a vivid and immersive experience, and its compatibility with SteamVR allows users to access a vast library of VR games and apps. The headset's social features, such as the ability to watch movies and shows with friends in a virtual cinema, also make it stand out from other VR headsets on the market.

However, its price tag of $999 may not be suitable for everyone. With the first deliveries to US customers expected in the third quarter of 2023, the Bigscreen Beyond VR headset is certainly worth considering for those looking for a high-quality and unique VR experience.

3 comments

  • H -

    The Bigscreen Beyond headset does not come with a PC, you need one in order to use it as it is a wired headset. “The Bigscreen Beyond headset is a wired PCVR headset that fully supports VR games on Steam.”

    AtomBombBody
  • why do you say it includes a high end PC? i am confused..

    H
  • The Headset sounds really nice but after people are used to Gaming Wirelessly why would we want to be tethered again?
    You can’t have the freedom that Wireless has given us.

    Robert Hughes

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