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Virtual reality from Carphone Warehouse

VR on a budget

Virtual reality, or VR, is gaining a lot of popularity with the likes of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, being hailed as the future of gaming and cinema. And although they are very impressive, their price will be a turn-off for some.

That’s where the more affordable headsets come into play. Google’s Cardboard is great, but you have to physically hold in it on your face. And given its name, there are no prizes for guessing what it’s made of. So where is there to go from here?

Check out: What is virtual reality?

Goji VR

Carphone Warehouse brand, Goji, is now selling a VR headset, offering a great immersive experience without the big price tag.

Just like Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard, you use your smartphone as the screen by inserting it inside the headset. The plastic front panel folds out, revealing a sticky pad to hold your phone in place.

On top of the headset are two adjustable sliders, which let you align the lenses to suit your eyes. While elastic straps that fit over and around your head invite a hands-free VR experience.

VR apps to check out

There are loads of free 360-degree videos online, and a great place to start is the ever faithful, YouTube. Type in “360 video” and you should find a channel totally dedicated to immersive content. Simply hit play and strap the headset on.

There’s also Google Cardboard’s own app, which works with most VR headsets (available to download from the Google Play Store). It’s beautifully designed, easy to navigate and a great place to start with virtual reality.

Another big app to check out is called Within, where you’ll find loads of video to download. Chris Milk’s Evolution Of Verse is particularly impressive, in which a steam train cuts through a lake towards you, exploding into a murmuration of starlings at the last moment (pictured above).

For more, check out out these top apps for Google Cardboard, which will work with the Goji headset too. Order your very own Goji VR headset here.

Do you have some great VR apps to suggest? Let us know in the comment below, and we’ll add them to the article.

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