When shadows of what virtual reality (VR) is capable of showed up with the Google Cardboard back in 2015, many thought this year would actually be the year of VR.
Well, according to what really turned out, it wasn’t. In fact, VR has never got off the ground as many anticipated, more likely because one of the most popular devices in the world – the Apple iPhone – has not had a chance to be part of this craze. But the Occipital Bridge headset is about to change this in the best way possible. If anything, the new iPhone VR headset is well worth the wait, especially because it comes with a powerful feature that matches the high-end HTC Vive, PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift VR headsets.
Apparently, those using Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and the latest iPhone 7 will be able to enjoy one of the best, or actually the best mobile VR experience with the new Occipital Bridge headset. This is because the device will ship with a feature known as positional tracking – a feature you can’t find on the likes of Google Daydream VR and Samsung Gear VR headsets that work with select Android devices.
With positional tracking, users of the new iPhone VR headset will be able to roam around a virtual space vertically and laterally. One problem, though, with the Occipital Bridge VR headset is that it’s quite bulky on basically all fronts. Nonetheless, you’ll love the work of the 120-degree wide-angle lens alongside a top-mounted Occipital Structure Sensor unit once you wrap it around your head.
Another possible downside of the Occipital Bridge iPhone VR headset is that it works with a limited set of the smartphone. At the moment, only those with the 4.7-inch variants of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 can enjoy this device. We expect that a Plus-sized version will come out later.
The iPhone VR headset is not yet available for purchase, with the developer version shipping later this month for $499 with the consumer version scheduled for March 2017 valued at $399.