Virtual reality is becoming hip and its hype has already flowed into the smartphone market as well. Accessories like the Samsung Gear VR and the Google Cardboard try to deliver that VR experience but at a price. Samsung’s version naturally works only with Samsung devices, while Cardboard requires you to make your own. But what if you wanted something that “just works”? Enter DSCVR, a Cardboard-compatible headset that can take any smartphone and turn them into a portal to your personal virtual reality experience.
DSCVR, a play on the word “discover” and “VR”, is one of the many ready-made VR headsets designed to work with Google’s then nascent Cardboard VR platform. Starting out as a Kickstarter in 2015, DSCVR raised thrice its funding goal and would go on to deliver a retail quality product that takes out the drudgery of building your own VR headset but leaves in the fun.
DSCVR works with almost any smartphone, which is immediately a key advantage. And device up to the Nexus 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in size can fit inside the headset’s cabin. The headset works with the Google Cardboard app, both Android and iOS, of course, so you aren’t going to get stuck with limited VR apps and content.
The headset uses a grippy silicone strap to keep the smartphone in place and the headset itself is made from durable materials that can withstand the wear and tear of use as well as travel. Whereas most VR headset would cost you hundreds of dollars, the DSCVR only goes for $24.99 with the 16% discount. That price includes the headset itself plus a travel case for it, so you have little excuse not to bring it along with you to enjoy VR anywhere and everywhere.
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