Check this out, The Rufus Project is now the proud owner of the most low tech VR device on the market!
Yep, this little beauty is a Google Cardboard VR headset, probably the cheapest option available on the burgeoning virtual reality market.
Coming in a flat pack it is easy to assemble and can fit a wide range of phones which act as the screen. The compatible apps use a straightforward Side By Side (SBS) screen.
The 3D effect is immersive and surprisingly effective since all I splurged was a measly AUD$8.
I can’t say it’s all smooth sailing as the view in some of the apps I’ve tried tends to drift or, in the more graphically intense games, jump to a different view point altogether!
That second issue may be due to not having a beefy enough phone (currently using an Xperia Z2) so I may have to narrow my selection to what my phone can handle.
A fun use is to install a SBS video app meaning any movies you view can be converted for use with the headset. I tested this with an episode of The Flash and the faux 3D effect worked quite well. However, having a strip of cardboard pressed into my nose for that length of time got a bit uncomfortable.
So if you want to dabble in virtual reality, without forking out some of the big dollars being asked out for the more advanced options, Google Cardboard offers a cheap and effective entry point. Just don’t expect a seamless experience.