The optics manufacturer Carl Zeiss is entering the VR market with Samsung Gear VR-like product called VR One.
Unlike Samsung’s product, Carl Zeiss’ baby can sing along a number of different smartphones, not just select few made by one company. The press release says that VR One can house any smartphone with screen size ranging from 4.7 to 5.2 inches, and will support two of the leading mobile platforms, iOS and Android.
However, in order to get the best fit, you’ll need a specific tray that will allow the device to slot in perfectly into the VR One. The headset itself includes a single tray with each additional tray going for $10. The first batch of trays are designed for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 6, with additional phones getting to be supported at a later date.
Built on an open-source platform, the VR One comes with a limited number of supported apps; the hope is that developers will join the ride and take advantage of the provided SDK. Out of box, users can watch some movies in 3D, browse images, access Google Street View, and play with augmented reality.
The VR One is currently available for pre-order for $99, with shipments set to commence by Christmas. The company estimates a wider release sometime next year.