Speck’s new Pocket VR is the most portable Google Cardboard headset yet

Igor Bonifacic

January 7, 2016 7:23pm

If the price of Oculus’ new Rift headset has you down, case-maker Speck’s new Pocket VR accessory may be exactly the virtual reality stopgap you’re looking for.

In essence, Pocket VR is one of the most portable Google Cardboard headsets announced to date. Made out of plastic, the accessory features two arms that extend to reveal the headset’s viewer. It’s an innovative design that allows the Pocket VR to sit in your pocket or bag when not in use.

The portability of the case does come at a cost, however. In the U.S., Speck will sell the Pocket VR and CandyShell Grip, the attachment that allows the former to double as a phone case, for a combined total of $69.95 — significantly more than the $20 to $30 most Cardboard-compatible headsets command.

Speck currently only plans to make the PocketVR for the iPhone 6 and 6s, as well as the Galaxy S6.

  • I think it will end being the same situation as the Carl Zeiss VR ONE unit. The resolution on the iPhone 6S is too low compared to the other phones on the market when it comes to these inexpensive VR products. You compare 1440 x 2560 of Samsung’s S6 vs 750 x 1334 for Apple’s iPhone 6S and you can see why people would get more nauseated with the latter.

    I found that the Gear VR (S6) had a better resolution than the first OR (dev kit) and caused me less nausea/headaches. I couldn’t imagine using a much lower resolution or I would be instant yakville. The training methods people prescribe do work as I’m up to 20 minutes now with the Gear VR (5 minute jumps up every day).

    • Jeremy Deats

      Agree. There is a science to viewing distance and screen resolution that Apple can talk up all they want, but when it comes to implementing cardboard VR, that extra resolution really has an impact.