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A Closer Look At: MergeVR

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VRRelated Reviews: MergeVR

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The Merge VR

I found it quite funny, opening it up at 9:17am, at first I thought “Wait, this didn’t require a signature, and it has VRRelated on it, The box is huge, and heavy, what is this?”

My exact thoughts, as I opened it up, and saw the MergeVR box, I began thinking, “Why is this box so god damn heavy?” But in saying that, it is a very professional box.

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Removing The Headset From The Box..

After removing the easily sliding out box, it contained the headset, as well as a box, this box had the top head strap. So far so good for the cost, I liked the looks of it. But something wasn’t right, there was no manual. Usually I wouldn’t read a manual anyway, but at first I had trouble being able to tell how to put on the top headstrap, maybe it was me overthinking or just generally it being difficult but at first I didn’t understand how.

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Then I took it out of the box, the image above shows a strange shape that I can’t describe on the left side, this piece comes off so your phone camera can work for Augmented Reality. Opening it up, it wasn’t as heavy as it was with the box. although it was only about 100g less than the DK2 Oculus Rift. I saw a slot at the top to slide your phone into, as well as two holes on each side for where the phone goes, for easy charging and audio port access. Only thing I found a tad annoying, is the scent of Foam, doesn’t smell the best.

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The Lenses

The Lenses, protected for shipping. These lenses have a 100* FOV, a much higher FOV than Google Cardboard. As well as having the standard nosepiece, and the feel of it felt good as well, although foam tends to change form to match your head after a while from the heat, which of course meant at first it was quite uncomfortable.

The main image on this article shows 2 circular pieces, as well as two “air holes” , also on the sides you see a grayish thing. The 2 circular pieces can be used to, either, tap the screen in VR (by pushing it down), or moving them left to right to change the lenses distance. The grayish piece however, I had to contact them to answer that, I also asked how easily cleanable this product is, this is the response I got back.

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Additional Head Tracking?

After wiping the foam, it was surprisingly as easy to clean as they said, as for the additional headtracking. that interested me, I didn’t get a major response, but I’ll probably end up testing the wireless controller in a future article with this headset to see how exactly it works, it seems like a very interesting concept though.


Conclusion

In conclusion, minus the horrible smell the headset has, and the difficulty of figuring out how to put the strap on, and the first five minute of using the headset, it wasn’t actually bad. I feel it may be a little pricey considering it’s the same price as the GearVR, but it’ll be interesting to see how it works with the controllers, and being able to adjust as much as you can with the MergeVR, it’s quite a nice change from plastic headsets. Although it was heavier, approx 100g less than the Oculus Rift DK2 without the phone, which may not be a good thing.

Personally, I like this headset, a lot more than some headsets I’ve seen in the past, it has good airflow for the phone also. If you have any questions about this headset that I haven’t covered, either comment below, or email me at Jomas@VRrelated.com

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Jomas McCormick

Jomas is an Intern at VRRelated, As well as this, in the VR scene he also teaches kids, aged predominantly between 9-15, how to use Unreal Engine 4 to create Virtual Reality games. Jomas also hosts Virtual Reality events to show his community the future that is just around the corner.

1 Comment

  1. Merge VR

    28th January 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Hey Jomas – thanks for checking out the Merge VR Goggles! There is a Quick Start Guide in the same small box that holds the optional top strap.

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