Three of the biggest names in the technology have gotten involved with virtual reality (VR) technology in 2014 to some degree. Google’s Cardboard VR concept proved an interesting alternative for low-cost VR while Samsung revealed a more premium smartphone-based VR head-mounted display (HMD) in Gear VR. Then of course there’s Project Morpheus, the upcoming HMD from Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) for the PlayStation 4. This week sees French technology firm Archos add its name to that list.
Videogame fans may already know of Archos for its Gamepad Android tablet which features traditional buttons to control mobile titles. Now the company has revealed the Archos VR Glasses, another smartphone-based VR HMD that uses handsets as a display pushed up against a pair of lenses that the user looks through to see side-by-side content in 3D. The kit is said to support any phone up to six-inches in size on any mobile operating system (OS).
All that said, the company still recommends using at least a five-inch, full HD display smartphone with a quad-core processor to power VR experiences. Sensors such as an accelerometer and gyroscope will also be essential to replicate head-tracking as seen in other HMDs.
Archos will be updating its own Archos Video Player app to support the device and says that over 100 VR apps will work with it. Crucially, the kit can be picked up for just £24.99 GBP/$29.99 USD making it by far one of the cheapest offerings seen in the smartphone-based HMD market yet. For comparison, the Jobe VR HMD also revealed this week costs $89. The company is hoping to release the device in November 2014.
VRFocus will continue to follow Archos, reporting back with any further updates on its Archos VR Glasses.