Xiaomi has unveiled a Toy version of its expected Xiaomi Mi VR headset, just that it isn’t actually a toy but a designed cardboard box that utilises the basic VR principles, has VR glass lenses and can perform as a VR headset. What the name only means is that this isn’t the final product as there might be a more sophisticated VR headset coming up.
Xiaomi had taken us through a rollercoaster ride for the past few days, first teasing about a possible VR headset launch coming up on August 1. But instead, all we got on that date was a video trailer which again pointed towards an August 4th release date and here we are, expecting the real deal but getting a Google cardboard look-alike still in beta stage.
The Xiaomi VR Toy version is actually a cardboard box before VR glasses, somewhat similar to Google’s cardboard VR headset but with better design, more durable materials and a more secured phone holder with zippers. Acccording to Xiaomi, the Mi VR Toy version uses VR glasses with zipper design and covered with lycra cotton material and can be adapted to fit smartphones with display sizes ranging from 4.7-inches to 5.7-inches. The two-way zipper takes into account the position of the smartphone inside the headset and keeps the phone firmly fixed.
Apart from the VR headset (Toy version), there’s also an accompanying VR app software which provides panoramic video, 3D movies, games and other applications.
If you’re interested in grabbing this Mi VR Toy version, you may have to wait a little longer as Xiaomi has not indicated when the gadget will hit the market or the price tag it’ll adopt. The Virtual Reality box is still in the beta testing stage and may not go on sale soon. [source]