With the impressive growth in Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality Headset production are on the rise as well. For less than GHc 100 ($15), here’s a look at the VR Box V2, an inexpensive VR Headset you can purchase for your smartphone.
|Model||VR BOX 2.0|
|Field of view (FOV)||78°|
|Built-in front camera|
|Usable with glasses|
|Screen size (mobile)||4 – 6 inches|
|OS (mobile)||Android, iOS|
|Micro SD Card|
This is nothing like the expensive VR headsets that you’ve been seeing videos about. With all their expensive controllers, headset, cameras, and what not, this is something you can actually buy for yourself, right now
The package came just as you see here. One box, no warping, no plastics, just the VR Box. I believe this is the V2 which has a similar but updated design to the V1. There are 3 straps in total. Up at the top and one on either side, left and right.
The googles are big enough and sit right up front of the VR Box. There’s also a comfortable resting place for your nose, how big or small they may be.
Unfortunately, the sizes of everyone’s eyes and the distances apart aren’t the same, but the good news is, with this, you are free to adjust them.
With these levers up top, you can adjust the spacing and distance of each of your eyes from the glasses. Which is super convenient and perfect for everyone. Unless of course, you have super tiny or super huge head that this wouldn’t be comfortable to use.
This non electronic device requires a smartphone of any sort which is 4 to 6 inches long, diagonally. You pull out this extra compartment here, then you fit your phone in there to get started. I noticed that if you attached your smartphone too close to the edge, it may turn it off due to the placement of the power button. Unfortunately, if you decide to switch it up too, you lose access to the cameras on the back in case you want to turn your phone into a VR camera.
But if you do decide to slot your phone in as intended, well good for you. Luckily for me, my 6.5 inches Samsung A02s fit just perfectly in there. To prevent me from constantly having to take the phone out and put it back in each time the screen goes off, I just went to the display settings in the phone’s settings app, then increase the screen timeout time.
Now that all those are set, we can start using it right? Well, no. once you insert your phone to start viewing, there’s no way to make adjust on the phone, unless you take it out again. I recommend investing in some sort of On-The-Go or OTG cable and a wireless mouse. If you get a mouse and keyboard combo, that’s even better.
I have this OTG connector with a micro USB adapter and this wireless mouse, which comes with a USB receiver that you insert into the OTG. Unfortunately, this phone is USB Type C so I can’t show you a demo on camera. But what this basically does is, provide both mouse and keyboard functionalities for your smartphone.
For good quality audio too, you can go ahead and pair it with a set of Bluetooth speakers or wireless earbuds like the Redmi Airdots 2 that I have here.
All set now. With augmented reality still in production, the need for VR has also been on the rise. I went ahead to download this VR media player from the Google Play store, link below, to test on this device. The app basically scans and allows you to play videos on your phone while using the googles. And as you can see, it displays whichever content in a dual display mode; one for each eye. What’s left for you to do, is adjust the googles to suit your viewing needs.
So, there are a lot of things to like about this.
Nevertheless, it comes with a few compromises
Besides these, I have no issues, recommending it. But for less than GHc 100, would you buy something like this?