VR to suit any budget with these smartphone-based headsets | December, 2019
The age of virtual reality is on us with an entire range of devices and contents launched through 2016 and 2017 and many more slated for release in the coming years. VR is not new, but smartphone headsets using this technology to break some of the longest standing barriers. Enabling access has been of massive help, with devices like Google Cardboard opening the doors for smartphones, with premium innovations like HTC Vive adding to the mix. Mobile VR headsets have evolved at blazing fast speeds. Google is not the only choice for great VR headsets working with iPhone as well. Mobile VR headsets are exploding and so are apps that make the smartphone accessory exceptional.
The ETVR Upgraded 3D VR glasses come with 120 degree immersive FOV, as against ordinary ranges of 80-110 degrees. This means immersion is adjusted for those with myopia and hyperopia, thanks to the adjustable focal and pupil distance in this VR headset. You also get the precision and clarity which offers the ultimate 3D VR experience. This optical grade PMMA Ergonomic Lens is close to the human eye, offering 30 percent more clarity than ordinary lenses. Its unique 720 degree surround sound and built in stretchable earphones and earmuffs offer the ultimate audio experience. It is also portable and lightweight, made of top quality and skin friendly material. Ergonomic straps offer adjustability for users across different age groups.
120 degree immersive FOV
Unique 720 degree surround headset design
More color choices would have been welcome; cannot watch VR with contacts option
Weight: 1.2 pounds
IncrediSonic VR headsets offer the perfect option for smart headset users. This VR headset has a unique design and is comfortable to wear. Its 3-way strap allows for an even distribution of weight. Virtual reality games, movies and experiences can be accessed in seconds. There’s also a VR remote control thrown in and 3D immersive experience that is unparalleled. Apart form being high on comfort, it is compatible with smartphones that are 4.7–6 inches and hold pretty well for maximum comfort. Padding permits the skin to breathe, but light to not enter. The headset is further boosted by its Bluetooth remote which helps in navigating VR apps easily.
Head straps are stretchable and easily adjustable
Unique design, comfortable to wear
No focal or IPD adjusters
Weight: 12.8 ounces
Virtoba VR headsets are the perfect choice for their ergonomic design, 720 degree surround sound, restoring real sound and the Hi-Fi earflap for isolating noise. PET materials have been used to adapt this VR smartphone headset with its diaphragm at 40mm ensuring mellow accents, and power you can rely on at 32 ohms low impedance. The 120 degree immersive FOV offers anti distortion technology while the 42mm aspheric lenses are a perfect match with 0.39mm color difference. Myopic and hyperopic users of 0-600 and 0-200 degrees can safely use this immersive headset. For a 3D visual experience you will never forget and the IMAX effect, rely on Virtoba’s awesome headsets.
120 degree immersive FOV
Remote control has to be separately purchased
Weight: 1.2 pounds
StarryBay offers this amazing movie or game based VR immersive virtual reality headset. This headset has a simple appearance, but a complexity of features. Heat dissipation, light weight portability, decompression design for reducing 30 percent pressure around the face, adjustable straps for all head sizes, ventilated design, elastic anti slide fixed belt to ensure phone safety, comfortable breathable leather padding and optimal nose space make this the go-to immersive VR headset for those craving comfort and fashion. Along with this, the HD Resin Anti-Blue aspherical lens and 120-degree wider viewing angle provide just the visual fidelity VR aficionados crave.
Portable, cost effective VR smartphone headset
Phones with high resolution and large screen size essential to use this headset
Weight: 10.2 ounces
The Sarki 3D VR head set is a cut above the rest in many ways. It has an adjustable audio virtual VR headset, with stereo headphones integrated into the headset. Memory sponge on the headphones reduces ear stress and individually adjustable double lens with adjustable pupil distance and focal distance make this perfect for those with nearsightedness. Its comfortable T-shaped straps offer extra comfort and security and the plug and play convenience allows the perfect 3D virtual reality vision effect. There’s a detachable front cover for optimal cooling and wide phone compatibility.
Adjustable audio virtual VR smartphone headset
Comfortable T-shaped straps
Remote control has to be separately purchased to play games
Weight: 14.7 ounces
This RealityNow 3D Glasses VR Google offers an exceptional immersive experience, bringing amazing 360ovirtual gaming and movie watching, offering the ultimate entertainment. Additionally, the VR googles offer an ergonomic design to provide comfort in watching, by providing pupil/focal distance and straps adjustment. One of the lightest headsets in the market, it offers great compatibility housing smartphones from 4 to 6 inches. Magnetic hook and hole ventilation cuts down on overheating and shaking. The spherical optical resin lens with an 8-layer nano coating ensures that the vision is completely clear and amazingly 3D.
Superior 3D experience
Remote necessary for interacting with 3D movies and games
Weight: 11.2 ounces
The Pansonite 3D VR glasses virtual reality headset is perfect for adults and kids too. With an adjustable T-shaped strap reducing 30 percent of the pressure around the face by balancing the stress, a heat dissipation design, and wide viewing angle and HD lens, this smartphone VR headset is ergonomically designed. The HD resin Aspherical lenses and 110-degree wider viewing angle providing amazing visual fidelity and an amazing 3D experience. Eliminate vertigo, visual fatigue and distortion as well. The pupil distance and object distance are easy to focus and adjust. You don’t even need your glasses to enjoy this VR headset which is perfect for those with myopia under 500 degrees and those with hyperopia. This marvelous VR headset is suited for a wide range of iPhones, Android smartphones and different brands of phones from the iPhone and the Samsung to 6P and Nexus 5.
Wide viewing angle and high definition lens
Heat dissipation design
Straps have to be adjusted to fit, and may slip sideways in some cases.
Weight: 1 pounds
TweakCube 3D VR headset virtual reality glasses offer wide compatibility with iPhones, Android and Windows phones. It works well with 4.7–6 inch smartphones. The soft face padding keeps the skin comfortable even after hours, with the T-shaped strap adjusting pressure and providing a wide degree of comfort. The smartphone VR headset is adjustable and pupil distance can be adjusted by rolling the gear atop the 3D headset. Adjustable focal distance is even suitable for those with 0-600 degrees of myopia! Its matte surface and HD optical resin lenses are the perfect additions for an amazing and entertaining experience.
Soft face padding for comfort
Wide compatibility and adjustable
Only works for non curved smartphones
Weight: 2.6 pounds
SMAVR 3D VR Immersive Headset Glasses come equipped with anti-blue rat separately adjustable for focal distance and pupil distance. It has a 4generation HD resin aspherical lenses and anti blue ray film which works well for individuals with up to 600 degrees of myopia and 500 degree hyperopia without using glasses. The aim is to restore 3D reality and alleviate vertigo and visual fatigue by preventing distortion and glare. Adopting 105 degree FOV and a 35 mm Japanese PMMA lens that captures the perfect perspective for transforming the world magically, offering an eagle’s eye view and a panoramic world where you live in an awesome immersive reality.
Anti Blue Ray, separately adjustable pupil, distance and focal distance.
105 degree FOV and 35 mm Japanese PMMA lens
Video quality affects immersive experience in this headset; 1080p videos only work best
Weight: 10.7 ounces
VICTONY Virtual Reality Mobile Phone VR headset is an asset for those looking for eye-catching and humanized aesthetic appeal. Adjustable Pupil Distance and Focal Distance at ranges of 55-75mm is ideal for myopic users. The Magnet adsorbed easy removing front cover offers a cooling feature and is ideal for extended use. Charge and use these earphones with comfortable design and high definition optical resin lenses, three adjustable straps distracting pressure from the parts of the face, and super face foam protection. The maximum capacity of this virtual reality smartphone headset is 170 x 80 mm and it needs a 3.5–5.5 inch screen smartphone. Access focal length for a virtual reality experience that is exceptional in a cost efficient way.
Aesthetically pleasing with humanized design
Magnet adsorbed easy removing front cover for phone cooling
Front cover is not closed, yet phone heats up; problems in adjusting focal distance.
Weight: 1.2 pounds
What qualities separate the price-points amongst smartphone VR headsets?
Virtual reality explosion apart, 2017 offers an amazing variety of headsets out there. But for the money, the ultimate choice is the brilliant HTC Vive that offers room scale tracking to gamers. While contenders like Oculus Rift and Sony Playstation VR offer the best experiences for their budget, new technology is taking centerstage. Mobile headsets whether they are based on Google Cardboard or proprietary technology like Oculus Gear VR and Samsung are cheaper. It’s easy on the pocket to buy these wireless headsets, with mobile apps galore to enhance their capabilities. Mobile headsets range at a more pocket friendly price limit. At the base of the options in the market is the basic Google Cardboard headset. These have only basic features such as zero padding, no straps, and a capacitive button on the side. Clip on headsets have better build quality and are easier to use. Plastic headsets are cheap but sturdier. Most basic ones for price conscious buyers come with no frills. Slightly more expensive ones allow distance adjustment. The best of the lot are Bluetooth controller enabled VR headsets.
How Does a Smartphone VR Headset Work?
What makes a smartphone VR headset transport you into a world of wonders and how do they differ on this score? While the devices usually have the same basics, how they project images across the eyes vary immensely. Major players like Google and Samsung offer the more affordable smartphone based headsets. Once the headset and power source is in place, input is needed to connect, whether it is through head tracking, hand tracking, voice on device buttons, trackpads or controllers. Complete immersion is what a VR headset aims for. Some VR headsets are head mounted displays. Even with no audio or hand tracking, they can immerse you in the virtual world. Video is sent from the console or smartphone to the headset through cables. VR headsets have lenses placed between eyes and the pixels play a role in picture clarity, hence the term googles for smartphone headsets! Focal distance can be adjusted in many of these headsets, correcting for vision deficits in viewers. Lenses focus and reshape the visuals for each eye and create 3D imagery by angle the 2D images to mimic how the eyes view the world differently for each pair.
Trends in Smartphone VR Headset Industry
The Smartphone VR headset industry may have caught on gradually, but it is catching up with the PC headset market. CCS Insight holds that 14 millions smartphone VR headsets will be sold in 2017 rising in 2018 to 25 million! Headsets for smartphones are entry points for most consumers when it comes to VR. By 2021, however, the market for dedicated VR headsets is expected to shoot to USD 7.7 billion. Big players in the VR headset industry include Google, Samsung, HTC, Oculus and Sony. The dedicated VR device and smartphone VR headset markets are poised for billion dollar growth by 2017, reaching USD 9.1 billion by 2021.