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Archos brings out budget VR headset costing just £25

by Mark Tyson on 17 October 2014, 12:05

Tags: Archos (EPA:JXR), PC

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Archos has announced that it is bringing out a budget VR headset in time for the holiday season. It will arrive in an increasingly crowded market to rival the likes of Samsung's GearVR, Carl Zeiss' recently unveiled VR One, and even Google's Project Cardboard.

Unlike the Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus which have their own built-in displays, the makers mentioned in the intro paragraph are amongst those who are trying to introduce VR headsets to the masses by creating inexpensive alternatives which allow users to employ their existing smartphones as the display.

The Archos VR Glasses are much cheaper than the competition (except the DIY Cardboard), priced at £24.99 ($29.99). The French tech company says that the headset will be compatible with any Android, Windows Phone or iOS smartphone measuring between 5 and 6-inches, but advises that a device with a 5-inch Full HD display with a quad-core processor would be the optimal choice. This means that devices such as the Nexus 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus would be ideal for this Archos VR headset. In contrast, Samsung's pricy $199 GearVR headset is only currently compatible with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone.

The Archos VR Glasses headset consists of a plastic visor with a slot at the front for users to slide their phone into. Importantly Archos is boasting it has over 100 virtual reality apps that users can choose from for immersive action. In addition to playing VR games, the headset will allow users to watch 3D movies and videos by just downloading the Archos Video Player app on their phone, which has an upcoming update to add stereoscopic mode.

The Archos headset will be on sale in November, so there's not long to wait to try it out. We hope that the Samsung GearVR isn't far behind, as it would be great to be able to compare the devices to see what justifies Samsung's much higher pricing. Carl Zeiss' $99 VR One will be available a month later, this December.

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There is just so many of these, surely this can only end badly, either for the products involved or the image of VR in general (or both).
Kill it with fire please please please! This is what will ruin virtual reality. Google cardboard did good at taking Palmers original design and making it even more mainstream, it let's people know about VR and isn't serious in its efforts but these devices are stupid and shouldn't be made.

I bought one which looks exactly the same as this from deal extreme 4 months ago for about £8 and it's terrible, doesn't even resemble VR. People need to know that things like the oculus rift are infinitely better than this which is why they cost what they do.

The gearvr is better due to the fact you have John carmack working on it, this guy is a genius and is probably one of the most intellectual developers ever, stick with the gear VR or oculus rift and you will have an experience that is worth experiencing! At least there will be content for the gear VR and rift.

Should also add I actually have an oculus rift dk2 so I can directly compare the two, not just reading into the hype :D
I am hovering over the buy button on the Rift… in your opinion Hicks12… do I wait or go with a DK2 ?
What are you looking for? As for an end user product, it is not yet complete - but as a dev tool, its in a good state to work with, but has its own set of quirks. If you are hoping to play games, I would definitely wait!
SciFi, read my comments here and here:


If you're a serious VR nerd and want it now, then yes, buy it.

If you want a fully polished product that delivers on your hopes of all it could be and doesn't have lots of quirks and bugs getting it to work, then no, wait for the consumer version.