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Mobile phone headsets might not be the best option for VR porn

alex novak
Alex Novak

Mobile phone headsets served us well in 2015/2016 and introduced millions of people to VR. But by the end of 2019 these might not be the best option to watch VR porn. You should consider upgrading your Cardboard, GearVR or Daydream to a more advanced VR headset. Not only will you have a much more comfortable experience, but there’s much more content that you can enjoy.

The SexLikeReal app still works on these basic VR headsets, although it can be compared to putting high-end tires on a poor-quality car.

Phones were not designed for VR

It starts with a phone. This device was not primarily designed to be used for VR. It just happened that it was a good tool to make things work. Today there are much better options with which to enjoy the stunning quality of 6K 60FPS video. Only flagship phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/S10 have the specs to run it well (and they still do). Other popular phones like the Google Pixel 2 / 3 and iPhones X did not have a good enough display in regards to resolution, latency and screen matrix. Also, the Snapdragon chipsets used in these phones, up to 2019’s Snapdragon 845, were not powerful enough to process videos better than 4K 60FPS. Although there is a way to watch videos in their original 5K/6K quality with SLR viewport streaming.

Phone-based headsets are only capable of 3DOF, while VR feels much better with full 6DOF support. Also, the 60Hz display is lower than 90Hz of connected headsets. Plus, phones used on a daily basis can become greasy and scratched, which has a negative impact on the VR experience.

The second quality difference is in the headset itself. Cardboard headsets are universal and can work with a multitude of phones from different manufacturers. This is nothing like using VR with highly sophisticated headsets like the Oculus Quest or any of the newer tethered headsets, like the Oculus Rift S, HTC Vive Cosmos or Valve Index. Perfect lens setup, component integration, built-in high-quality headphones and ergonomics give an unparalleled experience. Combined with the use of proper controllers, this allows you to do many more things in VR.

The third is content. VR platforms like Oculus Home and SteamVR are vastly superior to any platform for mobile devices.

From a development perspective, using different phones for VR with various headsets makes it impossible to have consistent performance, nor they can expect users to experience their creations as they intended.

How you can use your phone

There are a number of phones that can currently be used for VR with different headsets. GearVR with Samsung Galaxy S10, S9, S8, S7 and the same generation Note phones were considered premium headsets back in the day. While technically they still perform well, and the Oculus Quest technically is on par in performance with the Galaxy S8, they can’t provide ergonomics as well as dedicated VR headsets. The GearVR controller is nowhere near the standard of most VR controllers. You can still enjoy VR on this device, but it’s not a good idea to become a new GearVR owner even if you have a compatible phone.

Oculus Home for GearVR is not frequently updated with new titles. If you use the European/International model with Exynos chipset you can enjoy up to 8K videos, but American phones with Snapdragon are only capable of 4K 60FPS.

We have statistics that show many of these phones are used with Cardboard headsets, which is never a good idea. Newer Galaxy phones won’t be compatible with GearVR.

Hopefully, Samsung will release an all-in-one headset - they have the capability to do it and their tethered Odyssey+ headset performs quite well.

Daydream with Google Pixel phones is on par with GearVR in ergonomics, but the phones are not as good for VR as Samsung GearVR phones. These are only Snapdragon phones. The screens have fewer pixels, which are more noticeable to the eye, and have greater latency, which goes toward a poor viewing experience. It comes with almost the same controller as the GearVR which can’t really compete with native VR controllers.

This headset is also compatible with Galaxy S8, S9, LG v30, Mate9 Pro, etc. Newer Pixel 4 phones are no longer supported by Daydream.

The Google Play store has a limited number of experiences available.

Cardboard was the most widespread headset that promised to deliver VR with whatever barely-good smartphone you have. While it gave a sense of what VR was like, it’s not possible to fully enjoy it. There was always a debate over if it was a good thing to have cardboard headsets given that it would give people a mediocre sense of VR. Not only that, it’s problematic to support a wide range of devices from different manufacturers, which requires a lot of trade-offs in design and development, limiting its potential. Plus it has very poor ergonomics that ruin the whole experience.

Cardboards are also the only option for iPhone users to try VR. iPhones were never good for VR because of the very low performing chipset, low pixel density and high screen latency. Plus, there were never many things to play with in VR. However, it’s still a popular option to watch VR porn. Because the locked AppStore eco-system does not allow third-party applications like the SLR app, VR porn is best watched with DeoVR player. Simply open the built-in browser and proceed to SexLikeReal. You can also watch 5K videos with SLR viewport.

What headset to choose instead?

We will prepare another article on the best headsets for VR porn. Currently, there are tethered headsets such as the Oculus Rift S, HTC Vive Cosmos, Windows Mixed Reality (Acer, Lenovo, Samsung, Dell, HP) or Valve Index, all of which share the same concept but implemented differently. All they need is to be connected to a computer used as a processing unit. Some of them have more precise external sensors for tracking or built-in inside-out sensors which are still being improved. They have a 90Hz or higher refresh rate, meaning you can enjoy the smoothness of 90 FPS videos.

The Oculus Quest is a great all-in-one headset for both playing videos and games. A USB optical cable connection is expected by the end of November 2019 so it can be connected to a PC for even better performance. The Oculus Go is a 3DOF headset that is primarily used for watching videos.

The Playstation 4 with PSVR was good for the time it was released, but it’s not on a par with newer headsets. The Sony Playstation 5 is expected by the end of next year with the second generation of PSVR headset.

Apple is expected to announce its AR/VR headset by the end of 2020.

alex novak
Alex Novak
Born and raised in Southern California, Alex Novak has always had a passion for technology. Always interested in exploring new frontiers, the avid gamer and sci-fi reader found himself drawn to VR and its endless possibilities. Alex is excited to see what the future of VR brings and how he can help shape it.
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