Carl Zeiss VR One multi-hardware option headset
Mention Virtual Reality (VR) to someone and, unless you happen to be chatting with a Jamiroquai fan, the first name to people’s lips will be Occulus Rift. Since these have built from a crowd funding project to reach the imagination of regular consumers a variety of headsets have started to appear.
Granted, Samsung’s Gear VR headset has taken a slightly different approach by acting as a cradle for the Note 4, using its screen and internals to power the virtual reality experience. As far as I’m concerned, the jury is still out on that one.
But, lens know-it-all Carl Zeiss has thrown its VR One headset in to the virtual ring.
Nicely priced at a wallet-friendly US$99, it follows the Gear VR in as much as it acts as a cradle for your smartphone, and then uses fancy optics to manipulate the screen into a retina-friendly experience.
Unlike Samsung’s offering however, the VR One can be used with multiple devices between 4.7 and 5.2-inches.
While that rules out larger devices like the 5.5-inch LG G3 and the phablet race, it’s still a lot more flexible than the Gear VR, and it’s presumably cheaper than the yet-to-be-released Oculus Rift.
The ‘drawers’ which hold your smartphone in place costs an extra 10 bucks but, apart from that, it looks like this could be one of the more accessible ways to jump into the singular, but not antisocial, world of virtual reality. Besides that, it looks kinda neat if they keep this design.
I reckon that you’re experience will depend on how much grunt your smartphone has so it will be interesting to see the results using different handsets. We’ll have to wait til next year to find out though.