When it first launched in 2016, Google was promoting cardboard viewers, which have been genuinely simply cardboard cuboids with lenses inside, for as little as $5. Google discontinued its cardboard headsets in 2021 (by way of 9 to 5 Google), however hyperlinks to third-party alternate options are nonetheless listed on its web site and are nonetheless the most cost effective choice. Like the unique, a lot of the choices listed on the Google web site are made from cardboard. The most cost-effective choices nonetheless retail underneath $10, with the Vusion V3 being the most cost effective choice, priced at simply $8.95. The pricier choices on Google’s web site comprise plastic and should final considerably longer than the delicate cardboard choices.
The cheaper variations of Google Cardboard additionally lack head straps and should be held to the consumer’s face. That ought to be high-quality as in addition they lack controllers so Google Cardboard customers will not be doing something necessary with their palms anyway. Google Cardboard-style headsets are inclined to arrive flat and should be folded into form. Users then load a VR app on their machine after which place their cellphone contained in the headset, lining it up with the lenses. In addition to the shortage of a controller, a lot of the cheaper cardboard headsets provide no strategy to work together with a cellphone whereas it is within the machine, so the headset needs to be opened once more if an app asks you to pick out an choice. Despite the shortcomings, a primary third-party cardboard headset, an outdated iPhone, and a few free apps might see you experiencing VR for underneath $10.