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Move over Oculus VR and Samsung, another contender for the virtual reality marketplace is looking to compete. It is the Carl Zeiss VR One headset and it will be undercutting its future competition with a $99 price point.

The VR One is based on the same concept as that of the Samsung Gear VR. Both headsets will utilize mobile devices in order to bring the virtual reality experience to mobile users. For now, though, the VR One is only compatible with the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5. However, the device will be able to work with more smartphones in the future so long as the screens are between a minimum of 4.7 inches and a maximum of 5.2 inches in size.

Supported smartphones are placed in a custom tray, called a drawer, which will then slide into the front of the headset. But while only two smartpones are compatible, consumers are currently able to vote on what smartphone the VR One will support next. As more smartphones are added, additional drawers will be manufactured to suit the various devices that will be supported and will cost an additional $9.90 each.

Two Zeiss multimedia apps will also be included with the headset, allowing consumers to watch movies in 2D and 3D, view photos, use Google street view, and interact with Augmented Reality. But that is it for apps, so far, unlike the Sasmsung Gear VR which will already have a number of apps and software available courtesy of its partnership with Oculus VR. That could change for the VR One headset by the time it finally comes out. The company is looking to developers to create additional apps with its open source Unity3D SDK.

The Carl Zeiss VR One headset is expected to ship before Christmas 2014.

It seems like that would hurt your eyes... Am I wrong or do they have some way of making sure that doesn't happen?


It can't be nearly as good as OculusVR, considering the difference between displays.. one is made 100% for VR and the other one is a phone :| gimmick, says I!


Strictly for phones? I didn't even realize this was a thing... Does Samsung and Oculus have similar plans?


Low-cost entry to OK-quality VR, says I and the millions who will buy this when compatible drawers are made for their phones. Sign me up for a Nexus 5. I have Google Cardboard, and it does VR surprisingly well. Of COURSE, it's not Rift quality, but for less than $20, it's great for those waiting for the consumer release of Rift or those who will never be willing to pay the cost of the coming generation of VR. The following generation will be much better and cheaper. Most people will be holding out for that. Until then, offerings like the Carl Zeiss VR One will tempt many to get their VR feet wet.

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I really need to try one. I just don't see how your phones screen that close to your face can engulf your eyes enough to make you think you are in VR, provide the right depth perception (one reason being a smartphone screen is flat), fool your peripheral vision, and provide enough imagine detail without straining your eyes while they focus. butttt I hope I am wrong and I want to try one!!!!