The Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset, as the name implies, is an untethered device that works without the need for a PC or a mobile device. The Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset features a fast switch 2K display, a custom display solution designed for virtual reality application. Xiaomi says use of a custom designed display solution allows for a smoother experience while experiencing VR content on the device.
The Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset will draw content from Xiaomi’s Mi VR store, but full compatibility with the Oculus Mobile SDK means that apps previously built for Gear VR or Oculus Go can be readily transplanted to the Mi VR store for sale into the Chinese VR market. The only major caveats is that the Mi VR Standalone won’t support the Oculus Avatar SDK or Platform SDK.
Apps built with the Oculus Mobile SDK also won’t support Xiaomi’s existing VR customer base from the 1.2 million older VR headsets that the company confirmed it has sold, which are claimed to be used an average of 29 minutes per day. In order to support those other headsets, developers will need to build using the Mi VR SDK (which supports Unity and Unreal).
The Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset and it comes with spatial audio drivers built into the headset directly. The VR headset provides immersive sound experience without the need to bring separate audio device and features a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can connect your own headset while experiencing VR content.
The Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset also comes bundled with a controller that includes a touch surface, back and home button and a trigger. The controller can be used to play an action game or draw in virtual reality. “The sensors inside the controller is capable of converting your natural movements into VR,” Oculus said in a released statement.