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Alcatel’s standalone VR headset is a tough sell
The idea sounds neat, but Gear VR and Daydream means it has its work cut out for it.
While Samsung’s Gear VR requires a smartphone and full-fledged headsets like the Oculus Rift require a computer, Alcatel’s newly announced Vision doesn’t need either. Indeed, it’s a standalone VR headset, which is still something of a rarity in the VR world.
Intel announced its own Project Alloy about a month ago and smaller companies like Sulon have come out with prototypes, but the Vision is the first working model I’ve actually had the chance to try on. As cool as it is though, I have to admit it faces stiff competition from the likes of Gear VR as well as upcoming Daydream-compatible phones and headsets.