Xiaomi launches Mi VR Play headset, going out to beta testers for 15 cents
After creating a buzz with competitively priced smartphones, Chinese tech company Xiaomi is venturing into other fields. Recently, Xiaomi launched its first laptop after having debuted a foldable cycle and a Segway-styled self-balancing scooter. With the idea to broaden its product line, Xiaomi announced the Mi VR Play recently. Not anywhere close to the Oculus Rift to say, Mi VR Play is an entry level virtual reality headset and is designed to create a new budget niche for VR headsets.
Not everyone can shell out thousands of dollars to own a VR headset. For those who cannot, Mi VR Play, just like Google’s Cardboard VR headset, presents a much cheaper option.
Mi VR Play features a durable and lightweight lycra body and using it is as simple as popping in a smartphone (between 4.7- to 5.7-inch size) and syncing it up with an app that offers VR content through Xiaomi’s partner agencies.
Xiaomi has proposed to invest to the tune of $1 billion in video content, which suggest more VR content should be available for the headset soon.
For all those sick of seeing the rudimentary black or gray VR headset, Xiaomi is planning to release the VR Play in bold prints and colors.
Presently, there is no word on the pricing or availability of the Mi VR Play. Only information out for now is that over a million users have registered for beta program that Xiaomi announced on August one. It is not clear how many Mi VR Play’s will be available for beta testers, but we learn Xiaomi will give it out initially for 1 RMB ($0.15). Don’t expect that to be the retail price anyway.