Xiaomi today stepped into the ever-growing world of virtual reality by unveiling its Mi VR Play. The new VR headset is built on the reference design of Google’s Cardboard platform.
Unlike the premium Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, the Xiaomi Mi VR Play is quite cheap yet a decent option to mesmerise your VR experience. It comes in a durable lycra-built body that will offer a selection of bold prints and colors. There is a two-way zipper design to let you add smartphones between 4.7- and 5.7-inch sizes. Also, the headset has dual openings on the front to enable some positioning adjustments and ventilation.
“Xiaomi’s vision to bring innovation to everyone has disrupted many industries and introduced a range of high-quality products to millions of people. In the same way, Mi VR Play is an entry-level product that seeks to bring the VR experience to a much wider audience. By opening an exciting new way for users to experience their smartphones, Mi VR Play is set to make a huge impact in China where VR is still in its infancy,” the company said in a statement.
Interestingly, Xiaomi hasn’t revealed any details about the price and availability of its Mi VR Play. A call for beta testers was, however, made on August 1 where the Beijing-based company received one million registrations in just eight hours of its opening. Only a few of those testers will be able to get the new VR headset at a nominal price of RMB 1 (approximately Rs. 10).
Xiaomi’s move with the Mi VR Play isn’t the only Chinese development to elongate the craze for 3D experience in the region. Companies like OnePlus and Lenovo already brought some similar offerings to offer VR to the masses. That said, the Mi smartphone maker might use content through its Mi VR app to make some distinction and disrupt the market of VR headsets.
Moreover, partners like Conde Nast Traveler, YouKu and Korea’s Dooribun are developing panoramic, 2D and 3D content to give the Mi VR Play an edge.