Last year saw the launch of a new mobile-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) named Merge VR that aimed to take on the likes of the Gear VR from Samsung and Oculus VR among others. In a hands-on look, VRFocus noted that the kit filled a comfortable middle ground between that device and Google Cardboard considering its price. Today that statement becomes more relevant than ever, as Merge VR has announced a price drop for the kit along with a new partnership with US videogame retailer, GameStop.
The Merge VR goggles are now priced at $79.99 USD. It’s only a small drop but it helps distance the kit from the $99 Gear VR, which only supports recent Samsung phones. Merge’s solution, however, fits other Android and iOS devices too. The GameStop deal means that the kit will be available in over 250 stores later this week and will be available through the retailer’s online site too.
“We are excited to add the Merge VR Goggles to GameStop’s collection of virtual reality products,” said Eric Bright, senior director of merchandising at GameStop. “Merge VR brings virtual reality to millions of smartphone owners. Its durability, affordability, and accessibility to hundreds of already available apps makes Merge VR easy for anyone to use.”
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