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After excelling in the smartphone sector, leading Technology Company, Xiaomi, is making entry in the virtual reality world with the Xiaomi Mi VR Play. It was first announced in China in August, where it was launched at an introductory price of only Rs.10 ($0.15) to create buzz among buyers. VR is a captivating experience, which tracks one’s movements in a three-dimensional world and hence, makes it suitable for playing games and watching movies.

The Xiaomi Mi VR Play is set to release in India on 21st December 2016 at a price of Rs.999 ($14.72). It will be available for purchase from the company’s online retail website, and through some offline stores as well. Xiaomi has also announced Mi Live, a live streaming app with locally sourced content, in India. It is available via Google Play and is open to viewing hosts from across the country.

The body of the headset is made from Lycra, which ensures that the headset looks and feels good. It features a unique two-way zipper design, which ensures that once a compatible phone has been slotted inside, it doesn’t fall out. The headset is compatible with all smartphones with a screen size of 4.7-inch to 5.7-inch. It weighs 208.7 grams and measures 201x107x91 mm. Furthermore; it has dual openings on the front to allow users to adjust the position of the phone while also making sure that the headset gets proper ventilation to avoid overheating. It also features a metal button which when pressed, makes a direct contact with the smartphone.

The VR Play contains of an anti-reflective lens for image clarity and an optical-grade aspheric lens, which has a high tolerance interval of 0.01mm. The headset itself constitutes of simple components, which are similar to Google’s Cardboard VR. Moreover, it works with all Google Cardboard apps. Users can view 360-degree YouTube videos and Mi Live VR live-streams through the headset, in addition to shooting VR photos through Google’s Cardboard Camera App. Non-slip pads for the VR headset have also been introduced to the market.

Although the Xiaomi Mi VR Play is a great VR headset, there are still some VR headsets in the market, which are slightly more advanced. Some of the VR headsets that one can look for are the Oculus Rift (priced at $599), the Sony PlayStation VR (priced at $399), the Microsoft HoloLens (priced at $3000) and the Google Cardboard (priced at $20). All these VR headsets excel at giving a great VR experience but due to their high price, they are not easily affordable to the people which is not so in the case of Xiaomi Mi VR Play.

Xiaomi recently announced the Mi VR headset in China. It is a newer and more modern design of the VR Play but unfortunately it won’t be launching in India any time soon.

Overall, the Xiaomi Mi VR Play can be said to be a slightly upgraded version of the Google Cardboard at a low budget. It has the potential to create a huge impact in India, where the concept of using VR headsets is still new. The Mi VR Play promises to open exciting, new avenues for users to experience their smartphones in an advanced way and can prove to be a great buy.

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Isha Verma is an intern (Winter-2016) at ShopNani as an author. She is persuing her B.E. degree from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology.

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