Another week, another portable virtual reality device.
This time, it’s LG who have unveiled their version of the Google Cardboard — but in plastic. It’s called the VR for G3, and unexciting name aside, it does seem slightly more promising than its predecessors.
According to The Verge, the VR for G3 was made using the design blueprints of the Google Cardboard, which means we can expect a fair number of similarities.
For one, the VR for G3 depends on the G3 to bring users a virtual reality experience. Users have to download the apps and games that are compatible with the VR device in order to try out the headset.
The device is also a very basic-looking one — they honestly weren’t kidding when they said that it’s a plastic version of the Google Cardboard, because it really is. The ring magnet on the left side of the headset has been retained, and one of the only modifications is the rear volume controls, which has been placed within a cutout on the back of the device for easier access.
One of the best things about the VR for G3, obviously, is that there is not much DIY involved. It’s made up of three large plastic pieces, and they clip together easily without the need for rubber bands and Velcro (and copious amounts of scotch tape, presumably).
The only thing that seems to be missing from the headset — which currently comes free with any purchase of a G3, in selected markets — is a head strap. LG have kindly designed the device while leaving two slim cutouts at the side of the headset, but it’s not known if straps will be provided with the VR for G3.
Because who has the time to go around looking for suitable head straps when they’re busy fighting off 3D robots?