Oculus is one of the giants in the VR industry. According to TrendForce’s statistics, Oculus ships over 700,000 units in a year, ranking second in the world. This is because it failed to enter the Chinese market (all remaining mainstream competitors have entered China). By the way, Sony ranks the first.
As one of the first manufacturers to develop a VR equipment, Oculus actually planned for China’s entry as early as 2016, but it has been delayed for many years due to lack of appropriate localization plans and partners.
On the other hand, Xiaomi Technology has launched its own VR device in 2016. It has been iterating new products from the VR toy version to the official version. At present, its full-line sales volume has exceeded one million.
Happily, Hugo Barra, former Vice President of Xiaomi, returned to Silicon Valley to head Facebook’s virtual reality operations in 2017. So the launch of the Chinese version of the Oculus Go should be assigned to him mainly.
Thanks to the Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset launch Oculus entered the Chinese market. As for Xiaomi, it came in with an outstanding model that is capable of competing with top-end models.
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Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset Appearance
The box of this VR headset uses the same style, as other products carrying Xiaomi brand. It is simple but with a sense of quality. However, as this VR headset has been designed in collaboration with Oculus, it’s reasonable to see the logos of both companies in the front.
On the left side, we can find some key features of the product.
On the opposite side, we can find the VR content information.
The Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset adopts white and gray colors used by Xiaomi & Mijia frequently. It looks simple and stylish. However, it is a little different compared to the previous Xiaomi & Mijia products.
It’s related to the fact the Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset uses the same design elements as the Oculus Go. So it has deviated from the traditional Xiaomi design style.
In the box, we can also find a handle, data cable/power adapter, lanyard and other major accessories. It’s armed to the teeth.
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Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset Performance/Hardware
The head-on experience is the first everybody wants to test. It adopts a large-eye frame design to take good care. This VR headset supports myopia normal wear glasses.
The straps can adjust the length.
It can extend up to about 22cm, far beyond the normal head size of an adult, and the measurement of its extremely narrow value shows that the bandage can be reduced to about 5cm.
From this point of view, the Xiaomi VR has made great efforts in the head-end experience. While creating a sense of VR immersion, it has also done patient polishing and research on the compatibility of facial fits and different physiological characteristics.
Remote control buttons and body buttons operating experience
There are a few body keys, including the power on/off button and volume +/- key.
The handle uses a gray + black design that fits into the all-in-one machine’s gas field. Its design is ergonomic and the grip is very good. There are two buttons on the front: the back button and the circle button. The touchpad is placed a bit higher.
The touchpad itself is also a key. Press it to ‘confirm the selection.’ Behind the handle is a trigger-like button that is used in the game. The handle captures hand movements throughout the game. It is much more than the usual computer mouse.
From this point of view, the distance sensors, inertial sensors, and other sensors have been doing their best to provide seamless feedback. The effect of the game is extremely realistic, and hardware optimization is very powerful.
Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset Software
In addition to the above-mentioned hardware customization, the Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset’s localization in the software is not slack. However, to provide a more convenient use for the Chinese users, it uses an advanced custom ROM, with many MIUI elements.
A large number of app installations, video downloads and playbacks, and even game startups can all be performed through the mobile phone app named ‘Xiaomi VR.’
In terms of application, although the app store for the Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset has just started, it already includes many demanded application resources and has been classified according to its nature.
Before the press release, according to the official information, there are already hundreds of thousands of applications on the shelves, and they are still increasing.
It is noteworthy that none of the pre-installed applications on the Oculus Go cannot be used.
To fill the gaps, our protagonist comes with ‘substitutes.’
Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset Battery
To understand how the Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset performs in terms of battery life, we tested it through the ‘Magic Tracks Race.’ We started the test at 11:44. There was no other program running in the background. The volume was at its maximum. The headphones were not plugged in. And the battery power was 98%.
As shown in the following figure, after half an hour of continuous gameplay the battery power has dropped to 77%.
So we can calculate it takes 21% of the electricity in 30 minutes. Therefore, it will take about 2.38 hours to fully exhaust the battery.
On a smartphone, the 2.38-hour battery life is a nightmare for users. But for a VR, it is slightly different. According to the research report of the China VR Industry Development Research Group, China’s VR heavy users use VR equipment about 16-60 minutes daily. The average daily use time is 34 minutes.
Therefore, the Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset’s 2600mAh battery is capable of meeting the daily use, even under normal use intensity.
The VR headset needs to complete a large number of calculations, sensor data collection, and display during the work process. And all this is concentrated in a small head display. Therefore, heat generation is a normal phenomenon. So what we are concerned with is the ability of the body to dissipate heat, which affects its performance throughout the entire process.
In order to make everyone more intuitively understand the cooling capacity of this headset, we measured the temperature at a constant room temperature of 29 degrees Celsius.
As shown in the figure above, from left to right, the Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset stands for standby, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, and 90 minutes for the body temperature of 29.8, 31, 32.1, and 34 degrees Celsius, respectively. After 90 minutes, its temperature stabilized between 34 and 35 degrees Celsius.
The Bottom Line
After testing this unit, we can say the Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset is a cost-effective VR equipment coming with a number of attractive features. Apart from its familiar look, rich app store, and other aspects described above, this VR headset sports a Snapdragon 821 chip that provides a stable performance. Plus, it comes with a Fast Switch 2K ultra clear screen. And all you have to pay is 1499 yuan for the 32GB variant or 1799 yuan for the 64GB variant.