OnePlus 3 is set to launch on June 14, 2016 at 12:30 PM (EDT). Few weeks ago OnePlus announced that they are giving away free VR headsets(called OnePlus Loop VR headset) around the world to accompany their new phone launch. OnePlus teamed up with AntVR to build 30000 Loop Virtual Reality Headsets and fire them away on FCFS basis. The Sale almost ended within 5 seconds and fortunately we were able to get our hands on this headset. So here is a brief article in which we will share our experience with you and also tell you how to use it efficiently.
OnePlus Loop VR Headset: Unboxing
Packing of OnePlus Loop VR headset was perfect and frankly quite attractive. You can check out the photos above. We were surprised that it was priced only at Rs. 299. Loop VR was wrapped up in a plastic cover along with a cleaning cloth and a small documentation. Top head strap was not attached, we have to attach it by ourselves as preferred.
Both lenses had a thin film for protection and also both lenses can be adjusted for focus. There are two movements available for setting up the lens, left and right. However there was no buttons or switches to control the selection in the VR. (This might be because OnePlus only want users to use this headset for their launch not for other purposes)
You can say that the quality of the headset is brilliant as it was almost free. Side of the Loop VR was emblazoned with “Loop VR , Powered by AntVR” similar to that of Samsung Gear VR. Loop VR dimension measures 189 x 103 x 133 mm and weighs about 366 grams. Considering the price tag we can’t complain anything about it 😀 .
OnePlus Loop VR Headset: Smartphone Requirements
According to the specifications listed by OnePlus it is compatible with most of Android or iOS device having screen size from 5″ – 6″. However for having a better experience, higher resolution is recommended. Here we are using Moto X Style having 5.7″ display with 2K resolution.
For VR experience, you just have to slide your device into the front of OnePlus Loop VR headset. It will be held by small rubber bubbles. To say it is a quite good setup to hold the phone. While using it we have experienced that it holds the phone pretty tight.
Note: To have a good VR experience we will recommend using a high quality headphones. In this case we are using Sony XB-450 headphones.
OnePlus Loop VR Headset: How to use
For watching OnePlus 3 launch you just have to download OnePlus 3 Launch:The Loop from play store and slide the phone in the device with headphones on and enjoy. Guide on how to adjust the device in the headset is given later in this post.
However if you want to use OnePlus Loop VR Headset as a regular headset then there are few things that you need to know first. First of all it is not a cardboard compatible headset as it doesn’t have any navigation buttons on it. Hence for sure it will not be either daydream compatible. So each time you have to select something you have to remove device from headset select and then slide in again. Instead of doing this there are few apps available for VR headsets which support hover to select (more like stare to select). Also, we will discuss how to solve this issue later in this post.
Another thing to keep in mind is that every VR headset comes up with it’s own QR code which contains it’s settings like lens length, dimensions, type etc. However we were surprised that there is no QR code available for OnePlus Loop VR Headset. So we went down to OnePlus forums where members were discussing about it. There we found a modified QR Code (of AntVR) which works perfect for this headset.
Note: Before using any VR app it is recommended to scan the above QR code and set up the app for better experience.
Currently there are limited number of VR apps available on the play store. However there are still many good VR apps available. Some of them are Cardboard, Full Dive etc. In the upcoming post we are going to discuss about some of the best VR apps available.
Now moving on, let’s discuss how to adjust the device in the headset. Open VR app of your choice. Switch to VR Mode (Smartphone screen will split in two parts left and right). Now slide over your device into the VR headset. Now make sure that phone is in level at all edges. Now look through the lens of the headset. Close left eye and fix you eye on any position. Now close right eye and open left eye. If you see the same point at same position then you are ready to go otherwise slide your device for further adjustment.
Since OnePlus Loop VR headset has no navigation buttons on it so let’s discuss the alternatives you can take to ensure the best possible VR experience. You have two alternatives:
- Mouse – You can use a mouse(wireless recommended) using OTG cable to select (using click) in any VR app. You can check out Redragon M613 Wireless Mouse.
- Bluetooth Remote – You can use a Bluetooth remote controller for selection which further can also be used in games as a joystick. We have bought one from ebay, click here.
OnePlus Loop VR Headset: The Verdict
Build & quality of the Loop VR is more than average considering it was free. However OnePlus omitted a major thing, that is the navigation buttons which makes it a not compatible with cardboard. However you can make it work using the steps discussed earlier. Apart from this it works like a charm and it’s a lot more attractive than a piece of cardboard.
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