I tried it on for a few minutes and I was momentarily whisked away from the crowded Mandalay Bay ballroom into what felt like a movie theater experience. Unlike a VR headset, the field of view is fairly limited -- it almost feels like watching a 60-inch TV -- but it was an immersive experience all the same. A Royole spokesperson says the headset has 3,300 PPI, more than 10,000:1 contrast ratio and a 24bit RGB color mode. The display is really crisp and sharp, and the foam padding around the eyes felt comfortable. A downside is that you can't wear glasses with it, but you can control the focus and interpupillary distance via a couple of dials underneath the headset to help mitigate that.
The headphones have great noise-cancelling properties (a noise reduction rating of up to 22dB apparently) and there's apparently less than 1 percent audio distortion too. And I have to say that I could hardly hear the noise around me with the headphones on. It has all-axial earcups, a touchwheel on the side to control the media and neat ambient lighting. As for what kind of video it supports, it has a separate control box which you can store up to 64GB of media. It also has WiFi sharing (for Airdrop files for example), wireless streaming, a HDMI and a USB port. This means you could potentially use the Royole-X with a computer, a smartphone, a set-top box or even a game console.
There are a couple of downsides. The entire affair is pretty bulky as you can see here, and you do have to carry around this external controller for the battery and the connections (The battery life is apparently up to 5 hours). Also, it's pretty spendy at $699. But if you don't care what people think about you when you're wearing it and you feel like escaping the world around you for a few hours, then it might be worth the money.
James Trew contributed to this report