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Xiaomi launches controller enabled Mi VR for $29

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Xiaomi has launched the 2nd version of its virtual reality headset simply labeled the Mi VR, reports TechCrunch. Priced at $29, the headset will work with the latest generation of the company’s smartphones – the Mi 5 and Mi Note 2.

The new headset is a significant improvement over the previous version the Mi VR Play, aesthetically as well as in build quality. While the previous version looked like a better version of Google Cardboard, the newer version looks more akin to the more sturdily built Playstation VR. The hardware comes with a built in motion sensor to keep the latency at 16ms, which according to the company will keep motion sickness at bay, and features a 9-axis motion controller and supports touch controls.

Xiaomi also launched a VR app store in China, which it currently claims to offer over 30 VR apps and 500 panoramic videos. The company mentions that it will partner with several content creators for VR content like VR.Hotcast, Conde Nast VR Innovation Center, Youku etc. Note that the headset should be compatible with VR apps available in the Play Store as well. As of now Xiaomi is not selling the headset in India, although it does sell the Mi 5, a Mi VR compatible smartphone.

The Chinese company is not the only manufacturer to launch headsets compatible to their phones, and will not be the last one to do so. This trend has been on the rise ever since Google Cardboard made VR apps common and the company has encouraged this through the launch of initiatives like the Daydream SDK. Earlier this month, Google also launched a $79 VR headset to work with its Pixel smartphones. Samsung also has its own VR headset and there are many clones on the market that will work with most phones capable of VR.

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