vrAse is an Oculus Rift that uses your smartphone as a display

Credit: vrAse

Thanks to the advent of the Oculus Rift, VR gaming is not only back in the limelight but looks to be the next-gen gaming rig to beat. But building yourself an immersive VR gaming rig is quite the investment — one that not all of us have the funds for.

The vrAse headset aims to provide an easy entry-level VR headset for those who want to experience the wonders of VR, but can't quite splurge for all the tech they really want. Unlike the Oculus Rift which has its own display, vrAse uses a compatible smartphone for its display. Just slide in an iPhone 5, HTC One, Xperia Z, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note II, and you'll be on your way to watching 3D movies, playing VR games and utilizing all manner of AR apps — for just $75.

At one quarter of the cost of an Oculus Rift headset, that's a pretty substantial bargain. We're not saying that vrAse is a holodeck in a headset, or even that it will compete with the Oculus Rift when it comes to the quality of its visuals. But for those who are looking for an entry-level VR experience, vrAse seems to have a lot to offer — or at least it will, once it's available.

The minds behind vrAse will be launching a Kickstarter campaign this Saturday, where you'll be able to reserve one for yourself.

vrAse, via TechCrunch

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