Using Your Cell Phone (Smartphone) with Mobile VR

Don’t want to get too technical with virtual reality? Don’t want to spend your entire life’s savings on VR equipment, gadgets, games, and devices?

That’s ok!

While it is still one of the newer aspects of virtual reality (VR), you can actually use your smartphone to get hooked up for your VR experience. Some of the advantages of this include the ability to take it with you anywhere!

It is also a bit easier on the pocketbook and allows you to start your virtual reality experience “yesterday.” Of course, that is assuming that you have done your homework and you have the right stuff.

Next Steps

You need to ensure that your smartphone is capable of virtual reality technology. You also need to ensure that there are not any adapters or special software that is needed in order to bring your smartphone up to speed with the VR generation.

Another thing you should check on is what games are available for virtual reality on your smartphone. If you are not too picky and you just want to play, it is probably easier to find what you are looking for or to settle for what is out there for the VR-on-the-smartphone experience.

Another term for this whole smartphone VR thing is mobile VR. Don’t let the simplicity of the term fool you too much. While the smartphone or mobile VR is really cool, it can also get out of hand (literally and figuratively!) to a point where annoying things happen. For example, maybe you hook up a viewer and external headset to your smartphone (that is normal, right) but then you have trouble catching your calls while you are participating in your VR experience.

Fortunately, in many cases, you can set the phone to interrupt you if a call comes in while you are playing with your VR.

Ensure Your Are Aware Before the Purchase Decision

These are the types of things that you may not be aware of unless you visit some review sites online. Or, maybe you have asked your friends. You will want to identify the pros and cons of the experiences that others are having with mobile VR. Determine whether or if it is for you or not.

But, again, the less picky you are and the less that you require, the better. This means that it is more likely that you can find a happy balance in your mobile VR experience. This helps you to find what you are looking for and enjoy doing it.

The How-To for setting up your mobile VR is pretty straightforward. You can do it as easy as picking up the inexpensive Google Cardboard viewer. You insert your smartphone into its spot in the viewer, and off you go. Those two steps and you are ready, with a very minimal financial investment. Of course, there are the apps, for the VR experience, but we figure you have a handle on that 🙂

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