​The best VR headsets for iPhone users

Because iOS users can join the big VR party too
​The best iPhone VR headsets

The VR headset revolution is underway and just because you own an iPhone rather than an Android mobile doesn't mean you can't get involved.

So Apple doesn't have its own VR headset (yet), Google Cardboard has stolen a lot of the limelight when it comes to mobile virtual reality and Google Daydream is going live very soon. But many of the new breed of super-cheap headsets (apart from Daydream View) are iPhone compatible, and support most handsets from the last couple of years, from the iPhone 5S to the new iPhone 7.

Read this: Why an Apple VR headset is on the cards

While mobile VR headsets obviously have nothing on the likes of the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, Cardboard style sets have the chance to encourage large numbers of potential users to get on board with virtual reality. Apps wise, you can access Cardboard apps, YouTube 360, Facebook's 360 videos and more. So what better place to start than with one of these iPhone-friendly headsets?

Google Cardboard

The best VR headset for iPhone users

A quick and low cost entry into virtual reality doesn't come much cheaper than an iPhone compatible Cardboard kit. Available for under $20 you get a strap and NFC technology that powers up the app on demand. They're a bit fiddly to make and they're going to fall apart after a while, but there's no easier way to jump into VR.

$16.99, Amazon

Carl Zeiss VR One GX

best iphone virtual reality headset

Most mobile VR headsets are simply a plastic case and a couple of lenses – hence the logic behind the super cheap Cardboard style devices. So Carl Zeiss' experience in making lenses puts it high on our list. The newest model, the VR One GX, goes one better than the original headset by adding a magnetic control that attaches to the side and lets you interact with the app.

However, there's no head strap, and if you're an iPhone 6 Plus owner then you'll need the bigger VR One Plus instead. Also note that the headset sometimes isn't sold with the right tray for your handset – so make sure you get one.

$120, zeiss.com | Amazon

View-Master DLX VR

The best VR headset for iPhone users

Mattel's second View-Master mobile VR headset will be the first to actually be sold in Apple stores. The DLX VR has a redesigned smartphone mount to work with more sizes of iPhone, as well as Android, headphone support and upgraded lenses from the first attempt. The best bit? It's modelled on the iconic View-Master design with slightly more of a modern twist for this second edition. Coming soon.

$40, view-master.com | Amazon (first gen headset)



Xiaomi Mi VR Play

The best VR headset for iPhone users

The Mi VR Play is super cheap and if you can spend more, we suggest you do. But if you're really on a budget and you just want to see what all the fuss about, you could also do worse. The Mi VR Play comes in a bunch of jazzy styles and your iPhone just slots into the front zipped section – there's no faffing with connections. It works with any phone from 4.7-inch to 5.7-inch.

$16, gearbest.com | Amazon

Tepoinn 3D VR glasses

best iphone virtual reality headset

At the other end of the VR headset spectrum is the Tepoinn, which comes in at under $30. Of course, basic plastic rules here so anyone investing will have to acknowledge a less rigid set-up – shall we say. That said, it accommodates iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets, and unlike a cheap-as-chips cardboard set-up, you can adjust the lenses for a clearer view.

$29.99, Amazon

Homido Virtual Reality Headset

best iphone virtual reality headset

Upping the tech stakes, the Homido VR headset offers 100-degree field of view, and is compatible with the iPhone 5S to date. It's also suitable for glasses wearers with space for specs inside the faux leather, interchangeable seal. If headsets aren't really your thing then Homido also makes a pair of VR glasses, although the effect will be far less pronounced than an HMD.

$79.99, homido.com | Amazon

FreeFly VR

best iphone virtual reality headset

Going one better than Homido, the FreeFly VR headset offers 120-degree field of view, and even has its own Bluetooth games controller for better control of your virtual reality games. It's compatible with Android and iOS devices between 4.7-inch and 6.1-inch, which puts all the latest devices in its sights.

$79.99, freeflyvr.com | Amazon


Shop for VR headsets on Amazon

Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift
$599.99
PlayStation VR
PlayStation VR
$399
HTC Vive
HTC Vive
$799
Samsung Gear VR
Samsung Gear VR
$97.98

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10 Comments

  • VRCraftworks says:

    Great article.

    Here are a couple of links to get the content ball rolling. These apps are free and show off some of the capabilities of an iphone and a VR headset:

    Free VR Tour the Antarctic

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quark-tour/id1122432248?ls=1&mt=8

    Let us know if you love the penguins!!

    Orbulus

    https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/vr-mojo-orbulus-special-edition/id998882503?mt=8

    Standing on Mars is not to be missed!

    Cheers

    Pete

  • reliable_person says:

    i did some more research and i found that the freefly vr headset is probably the best mid-priced headset out there for headphone users, but if you have glasses i would recomend the homido vr headset because of the adjustable lenses included

  • pinga1 says:

    Nope! The FreeFly controller is NOT iOS compatible.

    • theilliniguy says:

      Amazon Specs read:

      Premium quality virtual reality headset that works with your existing mobile including the latest iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus, Samsung Galaxy 4&5 and Samsung Note 3&4. Screen sizes of between 4.7″ and 6.1″.

  • samkd says:

    there are plenty of interesting VR content specially designed for Apple iPhones. It includes NYT VR, Jaunt VR, VRSE, Virtual Reality Moon and so on... You might love to see the amazing content right now available for you. http://www.choozurmobile.com/2016/08/amazing-vr-content-to-explore-this-year.html

  • vwilkosz says:

    can any vr be used with an iPod?

  • sdf says:

    How about the ReTrak Utopia 360?

  • WWND says:

    Does it matter if the user has an iphone watch? Will the headset still be compatible?

  • Kellyhorton says:

    I'm looking at getting my son and vr for Xmas but the ones I have seen are only iso pictures and music not apps 

    Not to expensive 

    Help 

  • jomophine says:

    I just got the Zeiss VR One Plus and it is so fuzzy it is not enjoyable. Does anyone have any suggestions for a better replacement?

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