All the way back in October 2014 VRFocus reported on the launch of a pre-order campaign for a new smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) named Merge VR, complete with a proprietary motion controller. Those that laid down an early order now have a narrower release window to look forward to; Merge VR has confirmed that it will be launching in the US this autumn.
As with other phone-based HMDs, Merge VR allows users to slot their handset in front of a pair of lenses that the user peers through to view side-by-side content in 3D. Its creators claim that it is compatible with phones running on both Android and iOS operating systems (OS). The device will even support Apple’s enlarged handset, the iPhone 6+. Where the kit truly stands out from the competition, however, is with its dedicated motion controller.
This controller offers eight buttons and a thumbstick to allow for motion control in mobile VR titles. The company claims to be working with top app developers in order to create content that supports both the device itself and this controller.
“We want to give people the opportunity to experience things they never thought possible, whether it’s flying through space, exploring a fantasy world, watching favorite musicians perform live in their own living room, or connecting with a loved one in a new way,” says Franklin Lyons, Founder and CEO of Merge VR. “All of this is possible with virtual reality. The technology is here. We’ve put the pieces together so it’s easy for everyone to use.”
The device will go on sale for $129 USD in the US, although the company is yet to talk about a possible international release.
VRFocus will continue to follow Merge VR, reporting back with any further updates on the device.