Lynx R1 AR/VR Headset

A Potential Competitor To Quest 2?

The upcoming R1 Virtual Reality/ Mixed Reality headset from startup Lynx is an impressive little device, set to be a decent alternative to the Meta Quest 2.

Set will be released in April of 2022 and was developed by startup XR (extended reality) firm, Lynx. The VR-MR headset is designed to deliver the best of both worlds and will blend Virtual Reality (VR,) and Mixed Reality (MR) capabilities into a single device.   

The device is so popular with extended reality fans – ahead of launch – that its Kickstarter fundraising effort doubled its target funding amount. The 15 personnel-strong firm, headed by founder Stan Larroque is hard at work, getting the R1 VR-MR headset ready for its 2022 release – mostly working on software. 

Stats of the Lynx Headset

The Lynx-R1, which is set to be positioned as a competitor to VR-technology’s breakout hardware device, the Meta (formerly Oculus) Quest 2, comes packing some decent, though not class-leading, heat. Battery-life remains a contentious issue, however, as the R1 headset needs the standard 3 hours before it needs a recharge. 

It also packs in its innards a two-LCD display system, running 1600×1600 pixels at 90Hz per screen. The display system offers a 90° field of view – both, horizontally and vertically – on a 56-72mm two, individually adjustable, screen. 

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The compact – weighing about 500g – XR device rocks 6GB of RAM, as well as 128GB of internal storage (extendable, up to, 1TB through an SD card.) The device’s in-class competitive hardware is supported by the – the industry-standard – Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2, and is set to come in at a (quite comfortable,) $500 price point when it reaches the market. 

The Lynx-R1’s developer, Lynx – perhaps, as a result of its blending of XR technologies into a single device  – has put a great deal of focus on its (the R1 headset’s) hand-tracking capabilities. The firm has equipped the device with a 6DoF (Degrees of Freedom) Ultrareal hand-tracking system. 

The R1 will also feature Wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5 connectivity technology, and while being a standalone device, is also PCVR compatible, and can connect to Steam VR through WiFi. The lenses of the device are quite well designed. The Four-fold catadioptric freeform prism shape gives a distinct look while delivering competitive display technology.

The best selling point of the headset

The Lynx-R1’s greatest selling point – if we have anything to say about it – is the headset’s unique transitioning functionality, between Virtual, and Mixed Reality. Through a technology called RGB passthrough, one can go from being fully immersed in a VR environment, to interacting with virtual objects in the real world. 

The device that is currently available – for critical testing, and prototype display -is a Devkit version, running an Android 10 operating system. The company is still building-out the R1 headset, on the software front, and hopes to be done by April 2022, when the device is set for release. 

Once completed, the device will have its operating system, and fully decked-out ecosystem, and feature the ability to connect to OpenXR. Its display utilities will also get a software-side boost, which ought to take care of the slightly pixelated display and lag in visual adjustment that critics have pointed out. 


All-in-all, The Lynx R1 is a promising device, with the potential to take up a good amount of market share in the burgeoning XR industry. Ely has potential for new industries – if not, new forms of industrial use – with its VR – MR through capabilities. 

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