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Merge VR is simple, comfortable, affordable and ready for pre-order
There’s no shortage of VR headsets these days. You can find some for very affordable prices, and a few others are actually free. Most of these are pretty much the same thing re-bundled with different materials and unique designs, though. Google Cardboard made it possible to proliferate virtual reality glasses, but now we are itching for products that actually do something different.
Today the company is announcing availability of the Merge VR, a headset that is definitely unique. It will be become available on November 15th through Amazon, with pre-orders starting today.
Though it is still powered by your smartphone, the Merge VR manages to differentiate itself from the competition by using different materials, including a remote and introducing added functionality. In fact, you may remember it from our coverage at E3 2015, where we got a chance to demo it and filmed our initial impressions for you.
Aside from being fully compatible with Google Cardboard, it will also have its very own ecosystem of apps and games, which you can control with an optional remote that will be sold at a later date. And the cool thing about this peripheral is that it’s much like the Wii remote, as it can be controlled by moving and swinging it around.
And because this gadget is made of a high-quality foam, it is both durable and comfortable. The Merge VR is listed at $79, which leads us to believe the remote could cost somewhere around $50 — in order to line up with the company’s E3 predicted price of $130.
Those interested can click the button below to pre-order the Merge VR from Amazon. Details on the remote should be coming a bit later. Are any of you signing up? Check out he video to see what the product is all about.
[press]SAN ANTONIO, TX | October 20, 2015 – Merge VR announced today that its soft, foam goggles are available for pre-order through Amazon, and will ship before holidays. The Merge VR Goggles are among the top tech products debuting in the consumer entertainment market this holiday season. Compatible with any iOS or Android smartphone from the last two years, the Merge VR Goggles are available on Amazon.com at a family-friendly consumer pre-order price of $79.
“We’re thrilled to offer our product on Amazon.com to deliver a high-quality, easy to use headset to consumers this year,” said Dan Worden, Executive Vice President. “Virtual reality is here and has a very bright future. There are already so many VR games, 360 videos and other fun experiences available, with more being developed all the time. We are providing consumers with a comfortable, durable and affordable virtual reality headset that works with the mobile phones they’ve already got in their pockets.”
Created with soft, flexible foam, the durable Merge VR Goggles are made to be tossed in a bag, taken on the go, and easily shared among friends. Innovative dual input buttons allow users to explore and interact in ways not possible before; you can run AND jump, or move forward AND backward while fully immersed in virtual reality. Additional features include adjustable custom lenses, anti-fog ventilation channels, audio ports, camera access for augmented reality, and an optional top strap for added comfort.
Merge VR will soon be launching Merge Start, where users can find the latest and greatest in high-quality, curated VR content. The Merge VR Goggles also work with the hundreds of VR apps and 360 videos already available in the iOS App Store and Google Play.
With adjustable lenses, comfortable head straps, and lightweight foam that fits the contours of any phone and any face, Merge VR Goggles makes virtual reality available to anyone, anywhere.
About Merge VR
Founded in 2013, Merge Labs, Inc. is a Texas-based startup focused on mobile virtual reality and immersive entertainment. Compatible with iOS and Android devices, the Merge VR Goggles, wireless hand-held VR Controller, and Merge Start app are built to be accessible, affordable, portable, durable and easy to use. The privately funded company and its team is led by Founder Franklin Lyons and Co-founder Andrew Trickett, who have backgrounds in gaming, technology, design, content development and hardware creation. [/press]