The VR headset revolution is underway and just because you own an iPhone, doesn’t mean you can’t get involved.
Google Cardboard has stolen a lot of the limelight when it comes to mobile virtual reality, but you don’t need an Android handset to benefit. Many of the new breed of super-cheap headsets are iPhone compatible, and support most handsets from the last couple of years, from the iPhone 5S to the new iPhone 6S.
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While mobile VR headsets obviously have nothing on the likes of the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, Cardboard style headsets have the chance to drive large numbers of potential users to get on board with virtual reality. So what better place to start than one of these iPhone friendly headsets?
Carl Zeiss VR
Most mobile VR headsets are simply a plastic case and a couple of lenses – hence the logic behind the super cheap Cardboard style devices. So Carl Zeiss’s experience in making lenses puts it high on our list. As you might imagine, it’s far from the cheapest headset out there, but supports all phones up to 5.7-inch. That means the iPhone 6S is catered for but the oversized iPhone 6 Plus isn’t.
Tepoinn 3D VR glasses
At the other end of the VR headset spectrum is the Tepoinn, which comes in at under $30. Of course, basic plastic rules here so anyone investing will have to acknowledge a less rigid setup – shall we say. That said, it accommodates iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets, and unlike a cheap-as-chips cardboard set up, you can adjust the lenses for a clearer view.
$29.99 | Amazon
A quick and low cost entry into virtual reality doesn’t come much cheaper than an iPhone compatible Cardboard kit. Available for under $20 you get a strap and NFC technology that powers up the app on demand. They’re a bit fiddly to make, they’re going to fall apart after a few goes, but there’s no easier way to jump into VR.
$16.99 | Amazon
Homido Virtual Reality Headset
Upping the tech stakes the Homido VR headset offers 100 degree field of view, and is compatible with the iPhone 5S to date. It’s also suitable for glasses wearers with space for specs inside the faux leather, interchangeable seal. If headsets aren’t really your thing then Homido also make a pair of VR glasses, although the effect will be far less pronounced than a HMD.
Going one better, the FreeFly VR headset offers 120 degree field of view, and even has its own Bluetooth games controller for better control of your virtual reality games. It’s compatible with Android and iOS devices between 4.7-inch and 6.1-inches, which puts all the latest devices in its sights.