updated 03:20 pm EST, Wed January 2, 2008
Vuzix AV920-C Glasses
Vuzix this afternoon preempted CES by releasing a new set of its iWear video glasses tailored just to frequent console gamers. The AV920-C switches out the basic video inputs of most such glasses for inputs usable with modern consoles such as Sony's PS3 or the Nintendo Wii; beyond standard RCA, the new eyewear also packs component video for higher-quality analog sources and HDMI for purely digital signals from the PS3 or newer Xbox 360 systems. Although capped at a 640x480 resolution, the placement of the LCDs in the screen creates the equivalent of a 62-inch TV. This should let users play multiplayer games with friends in the same room without losing a competitive edge, Vuzix boasts.
Though normally geared towards 2D images, the AV920-C will also automatically switch to 3D for any games or movies made using a field sequential technique. No prices or availability have been revealed as part of the introduction, though Vuzix says it will make an upgrade kit available to owners of the more generic AV920 that updates the hardware and software to bring it in line with the console model. The stock AV920 ships for $350.