When it comes to mobile-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) many will immediately think of Oculus VR and Samsung’s Gear VR, which is set to see a consumer launch next month. But this is far from the only device making a big push for mobile VR; Carl Zeiss has also released its own kit in the Zeiss VR One. The device has been available for some time but it now looks as if a new version is incoming. The Zeiss VR One GX, as it’s called, is now available for pre-order.
Listed on the company’s website for $120 USD, the Zeiss VR One GX appears to now boast compatibility with the Google Cardboard system and its wide array of VR apps for both Android and iOS operating systems. In fact, the new model is even one of Google’s new ‘Works with Google Cardboard’ officially recognised devices. Also new – and likely included as part of the compatibility – is a Magnet control system similar to what can be seen on traditional Google Cardboard HMDs, affording players a simple input system for VR experiences.
The kit accommodates phones between 4.7 and 5.2 inches, though does not include a head strap, meaning users will have to hold it up to their eyes. Elsewhere, the new version of the device seems to stay largely in line with the older version, retaining the same price. Note that, to use the kit, you will have to either purchase a smartphone tray to hold your device or 3D print one from the website. It’s not yet clear when the device will be launching.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Zeiss VR One GX, reporting back with any further updates on the device.