With Christmas comes the onslaught of new plastic tat to tempt the pockets of prospective buyers. The number of immersive reality-related goods is spiking upwards, with one in ten households housing the technology by the time 2017 rolls around. It’s a good time for increased adoption and, with 2017 just coming, a time for software sales to get a spike upwards.
Yet the amount of very similar headsets coming out is astonishing.
The worst case in point is the Goji VR and the Cygnett VR – which both seem to be the same. Same design, use, and applications, but different labels, implying that there is a supplier which gets rebranded depending on the company being used:
Cygnett VR (left) vs the Goji VR (right)
Anything like this reminds me of sellers in upstreet markets who sell the same products, but at different price points and minor changes made by the vendor. That’s not to say that they’re uncomfortable – they are not. After a good play session with Goji, I had found it works well for mobile VR and fulfills its purpose. I am just wary of the sheer volume of headsets capitalising on a trend and misleading customers of what quality mobile VR can look like.
I am just wary of the sheer volume of headsets capitalising on a trend and misleading customers of what quality mobile VR can look like.
To everyone, enjoy your Christmas. Buy your gifts, relax with your families, and have a wonderful time. It is a great time to be a VR enthusiast, and the adoption in VR will spike up this season, however significant or minimal. But be wary of VR vendors and the promises they make – they may well be right about their comfort and quality, but be aware that there are tens of other options to choose from before Christmas Day arrives.