LG announces free VR hardware for the G3
2015 promises to be an exciting year for tech fans eager to see if virtual reality really has a shot at finally becoming something that’s impressive, practical, and affordable all at once. Last year gave us hardware like Samsung’s Gear VR, and we’re already looking forward to a follow-up (or at least some sort of adapter) for the the Galaxy S6. And while Microsoft may be shooting for the moon with HoloLens, LG’s approaching VR from a far more accessible angle, announcing today the VR for G3 viewer and plans to give it away for free.
VR for G3 is no Gear VR nor HoloLens, but a tweaked version of Google’s Cardboard design. While that places some big limitations on what you can do with it, it also means that LG doesn’t have to charge $200 for its VR add-on like Samsung.
LG says that it will be giving away the VR for G3 to new G3 customers “in select markets,” starting a little later this month. We don’t yet know just where those markets will be, nor have we heard if LG has any intention to hook existing G3 owners up with this VR for G3 viewer – though if we had to guess from LG’s language here, we’d say not.
With the G3’s rear-mounted hardware buttons, the phone’s a particularly good fit for a Cardboard-like system like this, letting you access those controls even with the phone docked into the viewer. We just wish LG thought of this when the G3 landed last year (or at least, shortly thereafter – Cardboard didn’t debut until one month after the G3’s launch) and not now when we’re already looking forward to the G4.