The headset features two high resolution (1440x1440) displays, one for each eye, and supports Cortana voice controls. The headset will work in one of two modes. Its “Mainstream” option operates at 60Hz and requires at least a Kaby Lake Core i5 processors and an integrated Intel HD 620 graphics to operate. However, a “Performance” mode bumps the refresh rate up to 90Hz, but requires at least an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M or AMD RX 460M discrete GPU.
The Lenovo Explorer is compatible with Windows Mixed Reality games there are available from the Windows Store in addition to over 100 VR games that can be accessed from the Lenovo Entertainment Hub. Lenovo also adds that you can access apps like Microsoft Office in virtual reality and browse VR-compatible websites to “enhance [your] video-watching experience”.
The headset doesn’t require external sensors to operates, but you can add optional motion controllers if you’d like. Microsoft’s Xbox One wireless controller is also supported.
The Lenovo Explorer will ship in October with a base price of $349. If you want to add the motion controllers, the bundle price is $449. However, even the bundle price is more expensive than the Oculus Rift + Touch bundle, which is looking like a bargain now at $399.