Roy­ole Moon

No, it’s not a VR headset – meet the An­droid-pow­ered per­sonal ‘mo­bile theatre’ that gives you a vir­tual cinema screen to watch any­where

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$1,000 roy­

One of our favourite things about the PlayS­ta­tion VR is how it works with non-VR con­tent, dis­play­ing it on a float­ing screen in front of you, as if you were in a cinema. You get a per­sonal space to watch movies, or play 2D games, with­out tak­ing over the TV.

That’s why we were so ex­cited to try the Roy­ole Moon, which aims to do the same thing, though with­out the VR el­e­ments. It has twin OLED 1080p dis­plays that sit just in front of your eyes, repli­cat­ing the feel­ing of sit­ting in front of an 800-inch screen, so you can watch videos with­out dis­trac­tion.

Clev­erly, and un­like a VR headset, it’s an all-in-one sys­tem, with great head­phones built in, and pow­ered by a small con­nected box that runs An­droid, so it’s pretty much a phone-less smart­phone where the screen sits right on your head. This means it has a built-in bat­tery too, so you can use it any­where. We found the bat­tery was good for a lit­tle un­der six hours of use, which is im­pres­sive.

You’ve got a good range of sources for movies – you can watch video files from its in­ter­nal stor­age, or at­tach a USB drive to it and watch from there, or even plug a HDMI ca­ble into it to play a games con­sole on it. And on top of that, it has Wi-Fi and, be­ing An­droid, you can in­stall apps like Netflix to stream to it.

Which all sounds fan­tas­tic! And it nearly is, but if it seems like you’re be­ing of­fered the Moon on stick, you kind of are – as is of­ten the case, it’s all about the de­tails.

Pic­ture per­fect

Be­fore we get to where the Moon stum­bles, let’s start with one area it ab­so­lutely nails: the im­age qual­ity is just beau­ti­ful. A 1920x1080 dis­play for each eye means things look in­cred­i­bly de­tailed (you can just about see the pix­els on text, but that’s no prob­lem), and the vivid­ness of colours is stun­ning, as is the depth of blacks,

Price $1,000 Screen 2x 1920x1080 OLED Stor­age 32GB Head­phones 8HZ to 20kHz ac­tive noise can­celling In­ter­pupil­lary Dis­tance 58mm – 70mm Diopter ad­just­ment -7.0 to +2.0 Bat­tery ca­pac­ity 6000mAh Con­nec­tiv­ity 802.11n Wi-Fi, Blue­tooth, mi­cro-USB, mi­cro-HDMI (adapter sup­plied)

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