/> ED I T O R S C H O I C E IN N O V A T IO N A W A R D
X

Sony Personal 3D Viewer in depth

We've had a taste of the (possible) future, in the form of the Personal 3D Viewer, and we've discovered that patience, perseverance and meticulousness are the keys to an enjoyable experience.

eb9bd7634bba9eb948x48.jpg
Derek Fung
sony-personal-3d-viewer-in-depth_1.jpg
1 of 15 Alexandra Savvides/CNET Australia

We've had a taste of the (possible) future, in the form of the Personal 3D Viewer, and we've discovered that patience, perseverance and meticulousness are the keys to an enjoyable experience.

Slip the Personal 3D Viewer on, and two 720p OLED screens will deliver cinema-sized viewing pleasure straight to your eyeballs. But before you reach that happy point, there's a lot of fussin' and a-fiddlin' that must be done first.

sony-personal-3d-viewer-in-depth_2.jpg
2 of 15 Derek Fung/CNET Australia

It takes a lot of adjustment and not an inconsiderable amount of luck to get the Personal 3D Viewer fitted perfectly to your head. Anything short of this will result in too much weight resting on your nose.

sony-personal-3d-viewer-in-depth_3.jpg
3 of 15 Derek Fung/CNET Australia

A little tab on each arm of the 3D Viewer needs to be clicked before the head strap can be adjusted in or out.

sony-personal-3d-viewer-in-depth_4.jpg
4 of 15 Derek Fung/CNET Australia

Both the high and low portion of the head strap can be adjusted.

sony-personal-3d-viewer-in-depth_5.jpg
5 of 15 Derek Fung/CNET Australia

The headphones tilt and telescope. Sound is good, but virtual surround sound is a tinny, hollow mess.

sony-personal-3d-viewer-in-depth_6.jpg
6 of 15 Alexandra Savvides/CNET Australia

There are three forehead-rest thicknesses supplied with the 3D Viewer. The medium version is fitted as standard, but the one pictured above is the shallowest version.

sony-personal-3d-viewer-in-depth_7.jpg
7 of 15 Derek Fung/CNET Australia

There's a high and a low mounting point for the forehead rest.

sony-personal-3d-viewer-in-depth_8.jpg
8 of 15 Derek Fung/CNET Australia

Be prepared to have a box of tissues handy if you're handing the 3D Viewer around to friends, as the forehead rest's faux leather attracts skin oil like a BBQ does flies.

sony-personal-3d-viewer-in-depth_9.jpg
9 of 15 Derek Fung/CNET Australia

These two sliders allow for an element of lens correction. Depending on your eye condition, the fact that the sliders work in tandem may be an issue.

sony-personal-3d-viewer-in-depth_10.jpg
10 of 15 Derek Fung/CNET Australia

If you can't quite get the 3D Viewer fitted right, the best option is to point your head down. That way, the weight of the unit is borne by the head straps, and not your nose.

sony-personal-3d-viewer-in-depth_11.jpg
11 of 15 Derek Fung/CNET Australia

Try as he might, our video editor Matt Oxley couldn't get the Personal 3D Viewer to sit correctly. (In the device's defence, we only gave him 15 minutes of play time, as our stomachs were growling more fiercely than a pack of hungry lions, and we had to get lunch.)

sony-personal-3d-viewer-in-depth_12.jpg
12 of 15 Derek Fung/CNET Australia

The five-way controller for the on-screen menus, as well as the volume and power buttons, are surprisingly easy to use with the Viewer on.

sony-personal-3d-viewer-in-depth_13.jpg
13 of 15 Derek Fung/CNET Australia

A blue light will let everyone know that you're off in your own little virtual world.

sony-personal-3d-viewer-in-depth_14.jpg
14 of 15 Derek Fung/CNET Australia

To view any source, the Personal 3D Viewer must be connected to the supplied processing unit. The 2m long HMD cable ensures that you'll always be sitting close to the processing unit, and, if you don't have a long HDMI cable, you'll be sitting pretty darn close to your Blu-ray player or console, too.

sony-personal-3d-viewer-in-depth_15.jpg
15 of 15 Derek Fung/CNET Australia

Out the back, there's a solitary HDMI input. The HDMI-out port allows for vision and audio to pass through when you're not using the Personal 3D Viewer.

Stay tuned for our full review of the 3D Viewer, which will be up early next week.

More Galleries

The best games on Nintendo Switch

More Galleries

The best games on Nintendo Switch

41 Photos
The new Genesis G90 looks incredible

More Galleries

The new Genesis G90 looks incredible

6 Photos
Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

More Galleries

Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

67 Photos
2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

More Galleries

2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

65 Photos
The 51 best VR games

More Galleries

The 51 best VR games

53 Photos
Best dating apps of 2021

More Galleries

Best dating apps of 2021

13 Photos
International Space Station shines in glamour shots from SpaceX Crew Dragon

More Galleries

International Space Station shines in glamour shots from SpaceX Crew Dragon

10 Photos