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