Mobile VR Headsets
My previous blog discussed the Major Brands in Virtual Reality. This blog is about the major brands of Mobile Virtual Reality (Virtual Reality headsets for mobile phones only). Google’s Daydream and Samsung’s Gear VR seem to be the two biggest brands but there are a few cheaper lower quality VR headsets available for mobile phones.
Google’s Daydream View
Google has announced its VR headset, Daydream View. It works with their Pixel and Pixel XL mobiles as well as a series of Motorola phones, the Moto Z, Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid. Some of the VR Apps coming soon to Daydream View are:
- Google Arts and Culture – View art from museums around the world. Step inside a virtual gallery to see works by famous artists.
- The normal Google apps like Google Street View and Google Photos.
- They are also offering apps like YouTube, Google Play Movies and TV, and
- Jaunt – the cinematic virtual reality experience.
- As well as a small collection of VR app games.
Google has also developed a much cheaper option available for users, Google Cardboard. Found in the much lower price range, the google Cardboard headset is well, made of cardboard, that can turn just about any mobile phone into a VR headset. The suggested Operating Systems for mobile phones are; Android phones – version 4.1 or higher and iOS phones – version 8.0 or higher. Google Cardboard has a small collection of VR apps available on both the iOS and Google play app stores.
Samsung’s Gear VR
Samsung, along with the power of Oculus, has produced a Virtual Reality Headset for the Galaxy phone range. Compatible devices include Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge. Some of the VR Apps available on the Samsung’s Gear VR are:
- Streetview VR (not the google version),
- Samsung Internet,
- NextVR – it livestreams major events in 180 degrees’ view,
- 360 Photos,
- Soundscape – based a pentatonic scale, lets the user add notes and create basic music and
There are heaps of other options for VR headsets for mobile phones. And it seems more are coming out every month, all within different quality and price ranges. A few to mention are, Zeiss VR One Plus supporting smartphones between 4.7 and 5.5 inches. Mattel’s View-Master mobile VR headset, which has been designed to work with more sizes of iPhone, as well as Android. And Homido VR headset, which offers 100-degree field of view, and is compatible with the iPhone 5S. It’s also suitable for glasses wearers.
Thanks for reading. Zoe
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