It’s no secret that Google Cardboard VR headsets need somewhat of an effort to use. You have to fiddle around with your phone, find the right app and launch it; place it into the awkward phone holder with lenses that don’t quite match your phone; strap it on and hold it in your hands. If you are not lucky and did it correctly on the first attemp, take it off and try again. It sounds like pain in the behind, and it basically is. For price of around $100, there are numerous options, thanks to popularity of mobile VR headsets in China. We managed to acquire and test what can you get for the said price. One of answers we came across is the VR Sky CX_V3.
This headset with a bit complicated name is an all in one headset based on Google’s Android mobile operating system. This design choice simply means that there is no need to use anyone’s phone inside. It has a built-in screen and runs Android with a custom VR launcher environment. The price of VR Sky is put on $130. That means you can buy headset as is and don’t need to hassle with your phone to use it.
The phone features 100° Field of View, 5.5 inch 1920 x 1080p 60Hz screen, and capacitive controls on the side. It has 4000 mAh battery, Chinese Allwinner H8, an 0cta-core CPU and 2GB RAM. The onboard memory comes at somewhat below average 16GB. Still, a user can also put an SD card up to 32GB. For connections you have USB, and micro USB charging port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi. The device weights 413 grams. Besides the FHD display, headset does not feautre IPD or screen distance adjustment (IPD is set at 64 mm).
I know that many of you will see this kind of item as a turn off. The screen is only 1080p, and it’s not as strong as a flagship. Those things are valid points, i agree, but if we consider pricing $130 for fully functional Android based VR Headset this thing is something to think about. If you don’t have $2000 budget for the PC and a VR headset, or even $600 for phone and headset, and you still want to see what is happening in the VR world. If you are interested, you can check this Android headset here. Gearbest, like many others, is also having Black Friday sale. There will also be awards for buyers, so be sure to check it out.