Xiaomi launches VR headset "VR Play"


Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi  "China's Apple" – has unveiled its first virtual reality (VR) headset as it joins the ranks of HTC and Samsung in attempting to gain a foothold in the nascent market.


The Mi VR Play will support a wide range of 4.7- to 5.7-inch smartphones that will be secured in the headset by a two-way zipper. It is wrapped in a lightweight lycra with a number of different colors including leopard print and denim.

The headset requires a compatible phone to work. This is similar to how Samsung's Gear VR or Lenovo's TheatreMax works. As a product, the Mi VR Play headset looks closer to the Lenovo's VR headset instead of Samsung's Gear VR or Oculus Rift.
 It is simple in its functionality and seems to be based on the tried and tested as well as cheap platform pioneered by Google Cardboard. The focus of the Xiaomi VR primarily seems to be movies and the video content, similar to Lenovo's TheatreMax technology.
Xiaomi said it received 1 million registrations in just eight hours since issuing a call for beta testers on August 1. Users on the beta testing program will be able to get the Mi VR Play for 1 yuan ($0.15).

The details about the hardware inside the VR headset are scarce. But as, noted earlier, it uses simple components, similar to what you find in a Google Cardboard, but with inside a more beefed up design. Earlier, there was a talk that Xiaomi's first VR headset may support Google's Daydream platform. But from the information available so far, that doesn't seem to be the case.

For now, the Xiaomi VR is going to be available only in China. There is no word yet on India launch or availability, or even the price of the device, although it won't be very expensive going by the the way Xiaomi has priced it in China, that is if it comes to India. 

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