Today we have review of new virtual reality headset Xiaomi Play2. The device was released quite recently, in April 2017, so we decided to make a detailed review, look at design, improvements and features.
Over the past few years, many manufacturers have begun to produce their own VR headsets. If we talk about Xiaomi, then Play2 is the third VR device from the Chinese manufacturer. First there was a budget device Xiaomi Play VR headset, which is a predecessor of our today’s hero. Then the company released a more serious device Xiaomi Mi VR Play, which resembles Gear VR or HTC Vive. And now we got the next generation of a budget headset, which works like a Google Cardboard, but it has better and more convenient material.
Thanks GearBest online store to provide us Xiaomi Play2 VR Headset for review.
Xiaomi Play2 VR headset delivers in a large box with a size of 25 x 14 x 15 cm. However, inside the box there is nothing special. Here we see a headset and a strap to fix the device on the head.
There is no user manual, USB cable and other things that usually come with smartphones. A short instruction is located on the box itself, and nothing else is needed to use headset.
Xiaomi Play2 VR headset is a case with rounded shapes and smooth lines. If you look at the first generation of headset (photo below), then you will see significant changes in design. The square case was replaced by a nice rounded shape.
In addition, Xiaomi Play2 VR headset is only available in one color – gray.
Also the new headset has other materials. The body is made of plastic, but on top of it is elastic cotton material. Xiaomi calls this material as dragon cloth.
Strap, which allows you to adjust the headset on your head, is made of strong nylon.
Also we should notice that Xiaomi Play2 VR headset recalls Google Daydream View (photo below). However, this is more of a plus than a minus, because design is very attractive.
Xiaomi Play2 VR headset has two aspheric optical lens. On the back of the lens there is a place where a smartphone is inserted. You can use any device with diagonal between 4.7 and 5.7 inches. Since there are no hardware equipment inside the headset, the display quality and speed of virtual reality depends on the power and display resolution of smartphone itself.
No doubt, if you insert a device with 2K resolution, then you will get more effect than from a budget model with HD screen.
Also we must say that Xiaomi Mi Play2 VR headset has become lighter by 25 grams than the previous model – only 183 grams. This means that you will be comfortable wearing the headset for a long time.
Using Xiaomi Mi Play2 VR headset is no different from the previous generation, or any analogue of Google Cardboard. First you need to download the application (below we have prepared a list of the best VR applications), then you need to insert the phone into headset and dive into virtual reality. The headset has a button on the top that provides some control capabilities in applications.
Often, users ask -“Can I connect Xiaomi Mi Play2 VR headset to the computer?”. No, you can not. The headset does not have any connectors or even internal hardware. It’s just a box with lenses. In other words, the headset uses a smartphone as a brain to run applications.
We believe that it is a big advantage of Xiaomi Mi Play2 VR headset. You do not need a powerful computer to use virtual reality, like for HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. You just need to have a good smartphone and that’s it!
There are a lot of different VR applications both for Android and iOS smartphones. You can go to Google Play Store or App Store, enter “VR” in the search and get a huge list of applications for Xiaomi Play2 VR headset.
We have a list of the TOP 10 VR apps for Xiaomi Mi Play2, which you should try with Xiaomi Play2 VR headset.
Xiaomi Play2 VR headset is a good option for those who do not want to spend a lot of money on virtual reality, but want to try it. If you a have good smartphone, then VR headset will be able to create a breathtaking gaming world.
Xiaomi Play2 VR headset is very easy to use, it’s easy to configure, and it has a lot of VR applications to enjoy virtual reality for many years.