Merge VR Goggles Bring VR Experiences to iOS, Android

The headset is compatible with most iOS and Android smartphones from the last two years.

Merge VR has officially launched its Merge VR Goggles for mobile devices, giving users another option for experiencing virtual reality on their smartphones. The headset is compatible with most iOS and Android smartphones from the last two years, including the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but does not support larger phablet devices.

The Merge VR Goggles are made of flexible foam, and feature one wrap-around head strap and an optional top head strap for additional comfort. The headset offers adjustable lenses and anti-fog ventilation channels, as well as audio ports and a pop-out window for accessing the device’s camera during augmented reality experiences.

The Merge VR Goggles will work with the existing virtual reality apps already released on the iTunes App Store and Google Play. In addition, the Merge Start website presents users with curated virtual reality content across multiple topics, including games, 360 degree video, music and ‘experiences.’

Finally, the headset features two input buttons, giving users access to new abilities while they experience VR content. For instance, users may be able to run and jump at the same time.

Franklyn Lyons, CEO and founder of Merge VR, told SocialTimes:

I think mobile VR is becoming more easily accessible with a broader spectrum of experiences and uses that appeal to more and more people—not only in the entertainment and gaming spaces, but also educational and creative applications. I definitely see this industry as a whole on an upward trajectory that won’t be slowing down any time soon! It’s really exciting to be at the forefront of that.

The Merge VR Goggles are now available to purchase for $99. The headset will be on sale for $79 during a one-day Black Friday sale on November 27.

An additional Merge VR Controller will be released early next year. The motion controller will work alongside the Merge VR Goggles, and will introduce additional control options in supported apps.