Yesterday at Mobility Arena, we set up an available smartphone for use with our Blitzwolf BW-VR2 VR headset. It was fairly straightforward. Here are the steps to set things up:
- Install a VR calibration app. In our case, we used Freefly VR. Google’s Cardboard app wasn’t available for any of the smartphones we tried.
- Launch the app, open up the headset and fix the phone in it, following all instructions till calibration is complete.
- Launch the VR app or game that you want to play. In this case, we chose to play VR X-Racer, a game in which you pilot a rocket ship through a maze of towers and try not to go CA-BOOM!
- Close up the VR headset and put it on to start playing.
Did I leave out anything?
I gave it a go. VR X-Racer is a very basic game with basic graphics, but it was a good introduction to the world of virtual reality. The rocketship is flown using the movements of your head. To turn right, you tilt your head that way. To power up towards the sky, you lift your head up. You get the drift. I suspect that the Bluetooth controller that came in the headset’s pack can be used for control too, but we wanted to get a feel of the headset’s capabilities first.
What It Was Like Using a VR headset
Playing the VR video game felt like one was inside the game. That is the whole essence of virtual reality. I sat there at my desk turning and twisting my poor old head in every direction. Cripes! This was strange. But it was fun. Anyway, I kept crashing the rocket ship into towers. And, my neck. Oh, my neck!
Then I let Emma have the headset for a go. Trust young people, he had to upstage me. Mtchewww. He generally did better than I did, but crashed the thing ship too again and again. Crash na crash. I crashed. He crashed. If I hear him gloat….. And he also said that it was a dizzying experience.
Anyway, trust me to grab a quick video of the unsuspecting lad while at it. Enjoy this short Instagram video of Emma playing VR X-Racer:
Somebody said Pokemon Go would be fun on a VR headset. Yeah. That’s how people end up in a stranger’s yard and get shot. Or end up walking off 3rd Mainland Bridge and into the Lagos Lagoon. Issokay na.
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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.