VR for smartphones has been available for longer than the consumer editions of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. And not everyone can afford such expensive VR Headsets that currently cost above $300-$400. In order to provide a cheap alternative to people who want to experience Virtual Reality, Google launched Cardboard a few years ago which specifies certain steps for making your own VR headset out of cardboard cut-outs, Velcro and some lenses.
Not everyone can or wants to assemble a Cardboard headset themselves, so many different Google Cardboard compatible VR headsets are available on Amazon under $30 for your iOS or Android smartphones. Following are the 10 most affordable & best VR headsets under $30.
Most Affordable VR Headsets to Buy Under $30
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I Am Cardboard V2.0
I Am Cardboard V2.0 is the best VR headset which follows everything what a Google Cardboard should look like. Based on Google Cardboard V2.0 guidelines which makes VR headsets easier to buy, use and setup. I Am Cardboard V2.0 can be assembled in under 10 seconds and you only need to install some apps on your phone which support Google Cardboard. When not in use, you can put it in a protective sleeve which comes with the headset. A conductive foam button on the headset can be used to interact with a VR app on your phone. I Am Cardboard V2.0 is compatible with both Android and iPhone on apps which support Google Cardboard.
I Am Cardboard 45mm Focal Length VR
This one is another VR headset from I Am Cardboard which follows the Google Cardboard V2.0 guidelines. The I Am Cardboard with 45mm focal length lenses is made for children with easy to assemble and colorful parts. This VR headset comes with instructions printed on the parts for easier assembly. It is bigger than the VR headset mentioned above and can support small and large phones. An NFC tag is included in this headset so that when you place your phone in it, you phone will automatically open the Google Cardboard app.
Powis ViewR 2.0
The Powis ViewR 2.0 is a beautifully designed VR headset under $30 for a smartphone. It isn’t made of cardboard and certainly doesn’t follow the design of a typical Google Cardboard VR, but still supports Cardboard apps. The Powis ViewR is designed for people with vision problems, so you can adjust the lenses to see more clearly. The Powis ViewR has a really nice curvy design, made with durable plastic, which can support smartphones with screens of up to 6.5 inches and you won’t need to assemble it.
The DSCVR Headset is a Google Cardboard compatible VR headset from I Am Cardboard made from ABS plastic material. The DSCVR is a very sturdy and durable VR headset shaped like a hexagon which is made to last long and survive wear and tear. The DSCVR headset has 34mm biconvex lenses, which are needed for a Google Cardboard headset, for a clear image quality and has dust-proof silicone flaps to hold your smartphone, with screens of up to 6 inches, securely. DSCVR headset comes in various colors and comes with a durable carrying case.
Pasonomi Virtual Reality Headset
The Pasonomi Virtual Reality Headset is the best VR headset under $30 if you are looking for one with the most features. As with many other VR headsets for smartphones, the Pasonomi VR headset supports Google Cardboard and Cardboard supported apps and can comfortably fit Android, iPhone and Windows phones with screen sizes of 4 to 6 inches. The Pasonomi VR headset’s lenses can be adjusted for people having vision problems with this headset. You can adjust the IPD and the focal distance till you see a clearer picture. The headset has a head belt to keep the headset secure on your head and foam padding for comfort while wearing it.
If you remember the View Master and the discs with images to view in a View Master goggles, you will have fun with the View Master VR goggles. This headset takes the old View Master goggles from Mattel into a whole new VR experience. Designed to be kid friendly, the View Master VR headset can fit smartphones of different sizes in it. Can be used as a Google Cardboard headset and also with its preview slides which show different objects in 3D when viewing a preview slide through the View Master.
The Go4D C1-Glass VR is a minimal VR headset designed for people who wear glasses. The headset is only lenses and a smartphone holder which makes it easier to carry since it can be folded. The Go4D can support 4.5 inches to 6.5 inches’ screen size smartphones and can show very clear images. Being a minimal VR headset for Android and iOS phones, the Go4D can be folded and placed in its carrying case to take it with you on the go. Goggle Tech Inc. recommends this VR headset not to be used by children under 7 years of age.
The Sunnypeak VRG-10900 VR headset is a very sturdy and durable plastic headset under $30. The Sunnypeak VR headset is compatible with Google Cardboard apps while providing many features on the headset itself. This VR headset has a magnetic trigger just like the first generation Cardboard had for interacting with VR apps. The focus and IPD for the lenses in this headset can be easily adjusted for people who are not able to see clearly in this headset. The Sunnypeak VRG-10900 can be used with a Bluetooth controller which is available separately.
Smartdio 3D VR Glasses
The Smartdio 3D VR headset is a very similar to the Sunnypeak headset but with other cool features. This VR headset is very lightweight and its ergonomic head strap tries to take away the pressure that can be applied on your face while wearing a VR headset. This along with soft padding makes this VR headset more comfortable. It can support smartphones of up to 6.5 inches’ screen size and your smartphone can be controlled with Bluetooth remote controller which has many different functions on it. The focal distance and IPD of the lens is adjustable for a clearer viewing experience.
The EightOnes VR headset is just like any other cardboard VR headset but with better and durable head straps. The EightOnes VR headset is colored in jet black and has Velcro on the sides to attach the head straps. You won’t have to hold this VR headset because of the head straps and it is very light. It is compatible with Google Cardboard and Cardboard apps with an NFC tag to quickly open the Cardboard app as soon as your phone is placed in the headset.
These were the 10 best VR headsets under $30 for people who want to enjoy VR in a budget on their smartphones. These days, everyone has smartphones so enjoying VR is not a problem with Google Cardboard compatible headsets and apps which are available for both iOS and Android phones.