Carl Zeiss’ smartphone VR headset works nice when you’ve received the fitting telephone
Keep in mind that reasonably priced, producer-agnostic VR headset Carl Zeiss unveiled a couple of months again? It is nearly prepared for launch. The corporate simply introduced that the VR One is formally obtainable for order at present, with models delivery to clients on Monday, December eighth. The corporate introduced the $ninety nine headset to Engadget’s SF workplace lately to point out us how the VR One is a viable various to people who need the Gear VR expertise, however do not essentially need a Samsung Galaxy Observe four. It seems that it is an amazing various – so long as you personal a Samsung Galaxy S5 or an iPhone 6, as an alternative.
This can be a limitation we already knew about: the VR One makes use of customized trays to make it suitable with a number of smartphones, however at launch it solely helps the 2 aforementioned fashions. It is each the VR One’s biggest power and weak spot — these customized trays present an optimally aligned VR expertise, however they severely restrict which telephones are suitable with the headset. The corporate is taking requests for brand spanking new trays (and tells Engadget that the Galaxy S4 is getting fairly a number of votes), however it could possibly be a while earlier than your smartphone of selection is supported. This was an issue for me, as a result of the very very first thing I did once I picked up the VR One was attempt to slide in my OnePlus One. It “match” within the headset’s empty tray-slot, however rattled round and did not actually “work.” Too dangerous.
That stated, in case your telephone is supported, the VR One presents a really promising cellular digital actuality expertise. Zeiss walked me by means of a small assortment of demo apps launching with the gadget: a movie show app, an augmented actuality demo and a quite simple area simulator. The latter two demos have been little greater than beta shows, however the simulator movie show virtually felt like a cultured app, full with a simple, touchless interface. By wanting on the theater’s exits, I might name up a menu to vary films, management playback or exist the app. It was straightforward, and felt virtually pure.
Sadly, there’s nonetheless a bit room for polish within the VR One software program. Quitting the movie show app, as an example, brings up a customized VR app launcher. In principle it is easy sufficient (simply take a look at the app you need to launch), however its presentation is just a little too giant proper now, putting the consumer’s “face” just a little too near the interface it self. Regardless of this flaw, nevertheless, the VR One seems to be a properly constructed, snug and pretty light-weight headset. When you’ve obtained a suitable telephone, it isn’t a nasty selection. If not? Nicely, like I stated — you’ll be able to all the time vote on the subsequent tray.