Xiaomi has announced its smartphone-powered VR headset, named simply, Mi VR Play, an “entry-level” virtual reality headset that it hopes can open this exciting medium to new audiences because not everyone has thousands of dollars needed to set up an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.
The Chinese company says the Play works with any phone with a screen size between between 4.7 inches and 5.7 inches, and it’s intended to ‘bring the VR experience to a much wider audience’ in China, where the tech ‘is still in its infancy.’ It features a two-way zipper to ensure it can handle your handset. There’s anti-reflective aspheric lenses and also a textured metal button on the top of the device.
The device has a body made of Lycra, uses anti-slip rubber straps around a user’s head to hold it in place, according to the company. Inside the Mi VR Play, an anti-reflective, and optical-grade aspheric lens is used to provide visual clarity for users. The devices are also available in a range of stylish designs and colors.
Alongside the new VR headset, Xiaomi has also announced Mi VR app, and is partnering with the VR content providers like Youku. The app will offer a diversified range of content including several VR-based games and apps. Interestingly, the Mi VR headset will also come with a slew of personalization design opt, so you won’t be limited to the standard black or the boring white trims.
The exact price and availability date of the new Mi VR Play headset has yet to be announced.