Best smartphone headsets for VR apps
Mobile virtual reality is big business. Google has been pressed on it, there are some great VR headphones using the iPhone.
Premium VR, such as the HTC Vive or PlayStation VR, pay the price, but that does not mean you can not act in a fraction of the price of virtual reality action. What you need is a cheap headset, smartphone in your pocket.
Mobile virtual reality applications and games in the explode application store and google play – you just use your smartphone hardware and display technology to provide engine and visual effects. In essence, they are glorious in the case of the lens, and often have some extra features.
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Google Daydream View
The reveal of the Google’s Pixel handset finally set the company’s real VR plans in motion. More compatible smartphones have now landed and more Daydream headsets are expected soon.
But don’t ignore the original. Daydream View is a dream come true for mobile VR. It’s comfortable, lightweight and attractively designed, which is half the battle won in the world of virtual reality. It’s available in three different colours and the controller means you don’t have to hold your hand up to your head for controls, or buy an additional third-party device.
The original and most cost efficient, Cardboard features a simple three-step assembly procedure, a better control button and support for bigger smartphones of up to 6 inches. Interestingly, Google has opened up the platform to iOS developers as well.
Cardboard is a low-cost, DIY virtual reality headset that anyone can build, but there are plenty of third party alternatives out there from the likes of DodoCase. In fact, a quick search online reveals you can get one for as little as $5. Just look for the Works with Cardboard badge. The official one costs a little bit more.
Samsung Gear VR
If you own a Samsung phone and you want in on VR, it could be well worth spending the extra money to pick up the newest Gear VR. Addressing many of the issues with the previous Gear VR headsets, the latest device is now more comfortable, making more room for glasses wearers, and includes vents to get rid of that annoying screen fog.
Most importantly, there’s more to enjoy here. Samsung and Oculus are continually adding more content and it’s not just games – there are short films and TV shows to watch as well. It’s the best you can get at home if Vive and Rift are too expensive.
Xiaomi Mi VR Play
As we said in our review of the Xiaomi Mi VR Play, “You get what you pay for here.” This isn’t the company’s Daydream headset – that’s still in the works, but this is still another alternative to the other more expensive mobile headsets.
It’s not the best device but gets the job done and works with iOS and Android phones. Mi VR Play is also ridiculously cheap practically rivalling Cardboard’s own prices (minus the free DIY of course).
Zeiss One Plus
The Zeiss VR One Pllus will play ball with any iOS or Android phone between 4.7 and 5.2 inches. It packs a media player for the likes of pictures and YouTube videos and an AR app for augmented experiences. The open source Unity3D SDK means there’s plenty of scope for development. If you wear glasses, it’s designed to be worn comfortably with your specs on too.
Notable new features include a removable head strap and foam that comes in contact with your eyes, plus you can clean the optics and the new universal tray will support smartphones between 4.7 and 5.5 inches.
FreeFly VR headset offers 120-degree field of view, and even has its own Bluetooth games controller for better control of your virtual reality games – however, iPhone VR games don’t actually make use of the controller.
The latest version of FreeFly, called the Beyond, packs dual Crossfire capacitive touch triggers instead. It’s compatible with smartphones between 4.7-inch and 6.1-inch, which puts all the latest devices in its sights.
View-Master DLX VR
Mattel 2 nd-gen perspective management virtual reality headset is actually the first to be sold in the Apple store, but has disappeared (an Apple VR headset can be on the way maybe). You can still pick it up from other stores.
DLX VR’s redesigned smartphone is the size of the smartphone and the mountain now offers headset support and upgrades the lens from the first attempt. Are modeled on the iconic perspective management design more modern version of the second edition. Coming.