Mobile VR Headsets Lose Traction
October 20, 2019
As virtual reality takes off and becomes more integrated in both games and business, the technology scrambles to keep up. Once thought to be the future of virtual reality for the day-to-day user, a number of the mobile device virtual reality headsets are disappearing from the market.
Mobile device VR headsets let the user insert their smartphone into a headset that users wear over the eyes, essentially making any VR-enabled smartphone into a three-dimensional experience. Although at first these headsets were a popular choice, it’s only taken a couple years for the innovation to lose steam to standalone counterparts.
There were several issues that killed smartphone VR headsets:
- The user had to pop their phone out of its case and insert it into the headset for use.
- While in use, the phone was not available for calls, texts or other normal smartphone use.
- Virtual reality ate through battery time at a fast clip.
Ultimately, virtual reality headsets that used a smartphone as their main interface lost popularity because they were only meant for short-term use. For those with a continuing fascination or use for VR, buying a $100 shell of that kind of use wasn’t worthwhile. If smartphone usage is harnessed for these headsets in the future, it will likely be through wireless Bluetooth capabilities.
As the mobile device VR headsets lose traction, standalone options are gaining ground. Built specifically for VR use, these headsets have more bells and whistles than their earlier counterparts, including inside-out tracking and hand trackers.
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