Virtual Reality technology is one that immerses you into a different world from your actual reality. You put on a VR headset and experience a virtual (unreal) world. One of the ways you can experience virtual reality is via your smartphone. We call that mobile virtual reality. You will need:
- a smartphone
- a virtual reality headset
- virtual reality apps or games – these are available in the Android and iOS app stores
- you may also need a Bluetooth controller for many games
What Sensors Are Need for Mobile Virtual reality?
Our primary concern in this article is with the features needed by your smartphone for a good virtual reality experience. Your smartphone needs a number of sensors to track your head movement (head tracking) and body position while playing virtual reality games or using other virtual reality apps. Those sensors include:
The accelerometer and gyroscope in your smartphone detect your motion and position, while the magnetometer measures the direction of the magnetic field at a point in space, similar to a compass.
The combination of all these sensors means that you can control your VR experience by looking up, turning around and changing position. As such, any smartphone that you intend to use for mobile virtual reality should be equipped with those sensors.
Some VR headsets offer an enhanced VR experience because they include their own built-in accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer. This means that combined with capable smartphones, the VR experience is much smoother. Such headsets are costlier too, but if you can afford them are well worth the extra bucks spent.
If you are interested in mobile virtual reality, you know what to look for when purchasing a smartphone. Make sure that your choice of phone has the following sensors built-in: gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer.
Other Virtual Reality Resources
- Virtual Reality (VR) vs Augmented Reality (AR): What you should know
- We put on a VR headset for our first steps in Virtual Reality
- Look! Our Virtual Reality Glasses are here; Fun time!
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.