​The best VR headsets for iPhone users

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

The great VR headset revolution is well and truly underway and just because you own an iPhone rather than an Android smartphone doesn't mean you can't get involved in the virtual reality action in 2017.

An Apple VR headset doesn't exist (yet), so Google Cardboard has stolen a lot of the limelight when it comes to iPhone virtual reality. But there are a new breed of super-cheap headsets, apart from the Google Daydream View, that are iPhone compatible. They even support most handsets from the old iPhone 5s to the more recent iPhone 7.

Read this: How does VR actually work?

While mobile VR headsets obviously have nothing on the likes of the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or PlayStation VR, 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 headsets for iPhone users

A quick and low cost entry into virtual reality doesn't come much cheaper than an iPhone compatible Cardboard kit. You can get an unofficial Cardboard headset for under $10 on Amazon, and with some of them you can get a strap and NFC so it powers up the app on command.

There's also the official Cardboard from Google, which is compact and foldable. It's not as fiddly to make as the unofficial ones, but it's still going to fall apart if you don't look after it because, well, it's cardboard. However, there's no easier, or more affordable, way to jump into VR.

$15, store.google.com | Amazon

Merge VR Goggles

The best VR headsets for iPhone users

While most of these headsets are made out of hard plastic, the Merge VR Goggles opt for a soft, squishy foam. It helps make the headset light and comfortable. Plus, it's got a customizable strap that fits anyone from 10 upwards. There are adjustable lenses with two buttons to interact with your VR content, and there's even a pop-out window in the front if you want to use it for AR purposes.

We found the lenses on the Merge to be surprisingly clear, and the device itself fits both regular and Plus iPhone models. However, the Plus model can be a little snug getting in and out.

$59.99, mergevr.com | Amazon

Carl Zeiss VR One Plus

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 VR One Plus, which will fit both regular and Plus iPhones. You can also buy the Magnet Controller accessory, which lets you interact with your VR apps while you're in the headset.

$129, zeiss.com | Amazon

View-Master DLX VR

The best VR headset for iPhone users

Mattel's second View-Master mobile VR headset was the first to actually be sold in Apple stores but has since disappeared. But you can still pick it up from other places. 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? There are now a couple designs, like the iconic View-Master design with a modern twist and Ninja Turtle and Batman skins with bundled-in experiences.

$39.99, view-master.com | Amazon



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. Xiaomi has also recently the more comfortable Mi VR Play 2 in China, but there's no word on whether it'll expand internationally like the original yet.

$15, mi.com | Amazon

Homido Virtual Reality Headset V2

The best VR headsets for iPhone users

Upping the tech stakes, the second generation Homido VR headset still offers a 100-degree field of view, compatibility with the newest iPhones all the way back to the 5S, all wrapped up in a slimmer design. 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. It's also got a series of new accessories (not included), including a 360-degree camera and Bluetooth controllers to cater for your immersive shooting and gaming needs.

$79.99, homido.com | Amazon

FreeFly VR Beyond

The best VR headsets for iPhone users

Going one better than Homido, the FreeFly VR Beyond headset offers 120-degree field of view. There are also capacitive triggers that you can use when you're playing VR games. The Beyond is also built for extended gaming, with soft foam padding for your face and a ventilation system to keep you, and your phone, cool.

Read this: Are VR headsets safe for kids?

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.

$64.70, freeflyvr.com | Amazon


Shop for VR headsets on Amazon

Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift
$499.99
PlayStation VR
PlayStation VR
$399.99
HTC Vive
HTC Vive
$799
Samsung Gear VR
Samsung Gear VR
$79.99

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14 Comments

  • 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″.

      • TheSabi says:

        read that again mate..
        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″.


        Then read the amazon description again

        Free Glide Controller compatible with Android Devices

  • vwilkosz says:

    can any vr be used with an iPod?

  • sdf says:

    How about the ReTrak Utopia 360?

    • Colt45r says:

      I have an iPhone 6 Plus and the Utopia 360 remote and it kind of worked... as in volume up and down skip 10 sec at a time (when it felt like it). it would also mute and un-mute the iPhone and go back to main home screen. I unfortunately didn't get a chance to try it in a  Game but it bugged the crap out of me that it didn't just have a back button only home all the way out of a nap. It wouldn't skip/scroll like from video to video or scroll through game a menu of any sort. But then I put it in my backpack and accidentally stepped on my backpack and broke it... totally my fault though the plastic had a durable feel (what you would expect from the price).

  • WWND says:

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

    • maxh says:

      Only the series 2 to is compatible with VR

  • 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?

  • Godders says:

    I'm looking for vr headset that supported iPhone 5s - ideas and advice welcome thanks

  • Dipesh says:

    I want a VR gear for my Iphone 5s.
    So please help me with that

  • Grmngrl says:

    Any vr Headset that works so you can move from one scene to another in Google Street View with an iPhone 7+?

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