Chinese hardware manufacturer Xiaomi this week revealed that they will be joining the Virtual Reality race with their first headset, the Mi VR Play. The company specialise in consumer electronics and currently have stakes in the laptop, mobile phone, tablet, electric scooter, and smart home industries as well as many others.
The move to Virtual Reality for the Chinese tech giant isn’t too surprising given their dominating presence in so many related markets. The Xiaomi Mi VR Play will be a budget Virtual Reality headset designed to work with devices with screen sizes ranging from 4.7 to 5.7 inches. The headset features a zip-up pouch where users insert their device as well as featuring buttons as part of the casing to promote continued use of the phone while it is still in the pouch.
Xiaomi also launched the Mi VR Play App, which will provide the platform for their Virtual Reality experience. Youku and iQiyi are rumoured to be partnering with Xiaomi to bring plenty of Virtual Reality content to Chinese consumers.
We are using Spandex, Lycra known for its exceptional elasticity. It is stronger and more durable fibre. This material is smooth and suitable for most of the people,” Xiaomi said in a statement on their website.
The headset is designed for comfort and a range of skins are available to make sure the people watching you play are also aesthetically comfortable. The skins could be the branding a product like this needs in an industry dominated by boring black and grey plastic headsets.
The Xiaomi Mi VR Play is still in Beta testing stage and is currently only available in China. No retail price or indication of a full release date have been made available by the company yet.
Can Xiaomi’s budget Virtual Reality platform compete with the Samsung Galaxy VR, its natural rival?
Source: Design & Trend