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The best universal virtual reality headset MERGE VR

by Andrija Nikolic27/02/2017
The age of the fourth transformation began a while ago. Virtual reality and augmented reality started to reshape our perception of the world. Without any doubt, it is one of the biggest changes of the human kind.

MERGE VR is a big, purple headset able to run Virtual reality or Augmented reality content. It is a device that can be used both with iPhone and Android smartphones. It is a good choice for all those who want to dive into the immersive virtual reality.

Yet, what we see today is still an early phase. However, there is a huge number of brave pioneers who are developing this brand new world. And you will be one of them soon.
It doesn’t matter which side you choose. The content creator side or content consumer side. It’s all up to you.

The following article is dedicated to most of us. The second side – the consumers.

Built quality

The headset is robust, flexible and of a very good built quality. Comparing it to the Samsung Gear, it’s bigger and heavier but also more shock resistant. Using buttons from the top and bottom of the headsets you’ll be able to adjust the lenses and view quality.

There are many ventilation wholes to prevent lens from fogging. Since your phone can produce a lot of heat when used for a long time, this is a very important detail. The headset is made of soft, flexible antibacterial foam material and thus, using is pretty comfortable.

The only complaint can be addressed to its weight. It is not the lightest headset on the market though. After being used for a long time, the comfort level can be decreased.

Virtual reality headset MERGE VR for iPhone

Merge VR doesn’t have any sensors built in. It uses sensors from the smartphone. In other words, the smartphone will use all its resources such as the processor and memory, which can be reflected as lags of movement and reproduction quality. But that’s the price you have to pay when you are using this kind of devices.

How it works

MERGE VR, as I have said earlier, is fully capable of handling vast majority of Android devices and the latest iPhone 7, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 with screen sizes between 4.7 to 5.5 inches. In other words, dimensions of the devices with hights from 123mm up to 158mm.

From the point of thickness, it fits almost all devices capable of producing virtual reality content. Bear in mind that in some situations, removing the smartphone case will be necessary. But, I guess it’s not a big deal and something you should worry about.

Play your first virtual reality video

Before you start your first VR session, you have to open the video or, apps/game that you plan to use. If you use portrait mode lock don’t forget to disable it and save some time later.

Then, go to YouTube video app and search for “Virtual reality” videos. It will give you a whole bunch of them. Once you pick the one you want to watch, check the cardboard icon in the right down corner.

The best universal virtual reality headset MERGE VR

On the display of your phone you’ll see two split windows – one for each eye. Stop playing content by tapping pause icon on the display.

Once all previous steps are done, simply put the smartphone in the compartment on top of the headset. Put the headset and adjust it to fit the visible area without black margins. Then, you have to set the lenses according to your needs in order to get the best results and clearest picture.

Straps which hold the headset on your head are adjustable so it’s not hard to find the right position from that point. It really doesn’t mater if it’s a child’s small or adult’s big head. So, if it’s necessary, make some more adjustments for the maximum comfort…and Voalá! You are ready to go!

Navigation

To navigate through the content (Play, Stop, Pause…) use the buttons on the top of MERGE VR 360 headset. Pay attention that you may need to move your head in order to find a white dot.

Then, simply navigate the white dot to Play, Stop or slide the video and press the button to confirm the action. It may not be as simple and easy as it sounds, but after a few attempts you gonna figure out how to do this.

Smart tip: My personal preferences is to stand while watching VR videos. Since this kind of video can affect your stability it is good to put your back close to the wall or closet, or to keep your hands on the sofa or chair.



List of Virtual reality videos and apps used for testing

VR Movies: 3D Virtual Reality Movie for Discovery
InCell VR (Cardboard)
Virtual Reality Moon for Google Cardboard VR
VR Tube – Virtual Reality 360 Video Player
Within – VR (Virtual Reality)
Discovery VR
Faith VR – Devotional Virtual Reality Experiences
VeeR VR – Virtual Reality
VR Roller Coaster World – Virtual Reality
VR Travel – Virtual Reality

The first virtual reality experience is equal with the first kiss

I’d like to be honest with you. The smartphones that we’re using today are just more than good for normal use but, when it comes to virtual reality, their abilities are quite limited.

With this I mean even if you’re using the latest, and most expensive ones, like Samsung Galaxy S7, Google Pixel (and dozens of Android flagship phones) or iPhone 7. Everything above that will eager no work or will give you a really, really poor experience.

When I say this, in the first place I mean about screen resolution and the pixel density. It’s not the same when you’re looking at the screen from 20-25cm and 5cm distance.

In my opinion, for a fully immersive experience, smartphone display resolution must be much higher than 2500x1440px with more than 530ppi. At this moment it is the display specification of current Samsung flagship Galaxy, for example.

Universal Virtual reality googles

Unfortunately, at this moment Apple iPhone 7 is a way behind its competitors with 1334x750px and pixel density of 326ppi.

According to some information, Apple will announce fully VR and AR capable devices this year. Some sources say it will be the new iPhone 8 (or whatever it will be called) and virtual reality googles. The more news about it you’ll be able to read here in the following months.

Comparing with Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream View

ModelSamsung Gear VRGoogle Daydream ViewMerge VR 360
Headset TypeMobileMobileMobile
ConnectionsUSB 3.0, USB 2.0nonenone
CompatibilitySamsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edgeAndroid (the best with Google pixel XLUniversal (iOS/Android)
SensorsMotionMotionNone
Price$84.99$79.00$59.99

Bottom Line

Remember 90’s and VHS video recorders that we used to watch movies? Do you remember the quality of the videos there? It is a similar situation when it comes to most if not all kind of virtual reality or augmented reality devices that we use today. But it wasn’t the reason which bothered whole generations who enjoyed watching the latest movie hits including me.

The best universal Virtual reality Merge VR 360

Exploring the world of virtual reality using your smartphone and the Merge VR is a great experience. Headset is compatible with most of Android (capable for VR) devices and iPhone 7, iPhone 6 and 6s. It is a good choice for all those whi want to step into Virtual reality world.

Especially if you want to enjoy virtual reality experience with friends and family in combination with different mobile devices. If you are asking me is it the right time to purchase your first VR headset? My answer is, absolutely yes!

In case you are interested in purchasing Merger VR 360 you can check the price on Amazon.

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About The Author
Andrija Nikolic
The owner and editor in chief of appsRooster web site. appsRooster was founded in 2012 with the idea to become the best source of information about mobile apps, games, smartphones and gadgets.
  • Britt
    27/02/2017 at 19:58

    I find mistake in your article. Merge VR don’t have any sensors built in.

    • Andrija Nikolic
      27/02/2017 at 20:02

      Thank you for letting me know about the mistake.
      It’s fixed.

  • Johana H
    30/05/2017 at 16:44

    Is it good for xxx movies? 🙂

  • Eric
    30/05/2017 at 19:25

    Smartphone screens still sucks for the VR.
    iPhone is far behind Android competitors and they are barely usable for watching movies.
    After just 10-15 minutes of using my eyes are burning.
    This technology is promising but it needs a lot of improvements…

  • Yoko
    08/06/2017 at 15:50

    Not bad, but Apple screens sucks for VR

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