If you’ve ever fancied having the Virtual Reality (VR) experience on your mobile phone – and let’s face it: who hasn’t? – then French tech company Archos is the answer to your slightly odd prayers.
For an outlay of £25 you can pick up its new plastic VR Headset – which is basically a variant of Google Cardboard – and turn your smartphone into a VR piece of entertainment – provided its screen is 6-inches or less and it’s running on iOS, Android, or Windows.
The Archos VR headset doesn’t come armed with its own set of internal sensors – unlike the Oculus Rift – and instead runs off the smartphone it’s been twinned with. While we’ve never personally wanted to play games on a smartphone in 3D, we suppose that watching a movie or video on a long haul flight might be fun – provided your seatback has a USB port or your smartphone has extraordinary battery life.
Archos recommends an HD screen with 1080p and a phone with a quad-core processor for optimum results. Its headset goes on sale in November. If it sells well you may see a lot of commuters on the Tube who look like they’re starring in a Johnny Mnemonic sequel.