The Auravisor is a completely dedicated VR solution, packing powerful smartphone guts into an all in one solution, although there are more than a few teething troubles.
VRS OVERALL RATINGRecomended Not Recomended
The Auravisor is another Kickstarter project that actually made it into production and you can buy one right now.
As far as packing functionality into an HMD goes, the Auravisor team have added everything but the kitchen sink.
The Auravisor contains the guts of a fully-functional smart device. It’s got a heap of RAM, a graphics chip, a quad-core processor and all the other things you’d expect a smartphone to have.
The original Kickstarter specifications (which were production ready) indicated that you could connect an HDMI source to the headset as well, but the product page doesn’t seem to reflect this.
The Built-in lithium ion battery provides a claimed 1.5 to 2 hours of gaming. If video is more your thing then the time goes up to 3.5-4 hours. Not the longest playtimes, but since this charges from a standard 5v Micro-USB it means a power bank is a viable option to extend things a bit.
Apart from having adjustable optics, it’s also possible to switch between faceplates meant for adult and child faces, making the Auravision just a little more flexible than much of the competition.
The system also comes with an Android compatible Bluetooth controller, which should mean that you have everything you need for VR on the go.
It’s fair to wonder how this approach to mobile VR is any different to simply sticking a smartphone in something like the Gear VR? According to Auravisor their solution is different because all the hardware is dedicated to VR needs and VR needs only.
A smartphone that’s being used for VR is a compromise. It’s not designed to maximise the VR experience. The Auravisor is therefore quite different from a smartphone HMD case solution.
|Field of view||100º|
|Connections||Bluetooth, Wifi, HDMI|