Let the VR battles begin – ZEISS launches its own VR One goggles

Let the VR battles begin – ZEISS launches its own VR One goggles
ZEISS will be entering the VR frey with its own offering – the ZEISS VR One. Instead of employing a built-in screen, like the Oculus Rift, this VR headset will require users to insert their own smartphone, in order to power the goggles.

Yes, this sounds a lot like Samsung's Gear VR, however, Sammy's offering only works with the Galaxy Note 4, whereas the ZEISS VR One will work with a variety of phones, with displays ranging from 4.7" to 5.2". The catch is that to fit your handset into the device, you would need the proper tray, and ZEISS currently only offers trays for the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5, with more variants to be made soon.

The VR One is up for pre-order now, and ZEISS promises that the first units will be shipped before this Christmas. The price is $99.90 and includes 1 phone tray. Any additional tray costs $9.90.

As far as apps go – the conpany will include 2 ZEISS Multimedia apps with the device, compatible with iOS and Android, allowing one to view movies, photos, and Google Street View in 3D, as well as "interact with Augmented Reality". We are curious to see if 3rd party developers would show interest in making apps for the headset, as otherwise the device will just fail to attract customers, despite the competitive pricing.


source: ZEISS via IntoMobile

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10 Comments

1. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

How can I get it in India? :(

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Very viable. Hope they support more smartphone models.

3. S.M.Talha

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

Why the hell dont just buy google cardboard (made of plastic ) at $40 instead of buying samsung vr and the others which are made for specific devices.

4. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

What the VR One can do has been on the market for some time already with the Google Cardboard (Plastic version) or Durovis Dive and at an even lower price. What makes the Gear VR special is that it uses its own sensors that are 5 times faster than thase of the Note 4, it also bypasses the Android system and uses the hardwarelevel of the cpu to achieve low latencies of under 20 ms which otherwise was only achieved with the PC connected Oculus Rift, when everything is optimized for it, also with the Amoled display of the Note 4 low persistence is possible (what an LCD display such as the one of the iphone 6, can not achieve), the high resolution and fast processor of the Note 4 and the lack of VR content of the VR One are other aspects. Who thinks that with the VR One for 99 € can be similar results be achieved as with the Gear VR for 199 € is quite mistaken. Furthermore when someone buys an iphone 6 and VR One, spends even more than if he would buy a Note 4 and Gear VR would cost.

6. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I couldn't say it any better. People think that cardboard will produce the same results as Oculus Rift powered VR. It's a shame because people are going to have a sucky experience and will blow it off when the consumer version hits the market.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I just receive my Oculus Rift DK2, currently replay Half Life 2. I need time to climatize myself to this VR experience. My first few use give me motion sickness. So its 10 minutes per session slowing increasing my tolerance.

10. XmasTree

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

Since begin of the year I investigated in VR hardware (DK1, DK2, Dive, Google card board). I am impressed with the DK2 performance. Following yours and other discussion about sensor speed I am wondering if somebody did compare the built-in components? Where does the number "5 times faster" come from? I doubt that the gyro sensors are that different. Begin of the year, when I searched for single gyro, accel, mag. components to build my own tracker I was not able to find a wide range of them, which let me came to the conclusion that the HW must be similar among the trackers but the access (SW) to the sensors must be different. Has somebody compared the HW components of DK2, Note4 etc.?

5. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

so will this work with Oneplus one?

7. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

No; phone is too big.

8. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Ordered, Zeiss is Epic.

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