“An entry level device with light & compact design”
With devices like Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR on the market, devices like the LG 360 VR are bound to show up. However, don’t make the mistake of putting the LG 360 on the same category with its competitors; this device was actually created to promote the new G5 smartphone from LG and it offers far less features than real VR headsets will.
The first difference you’ll see is in design. The 360 VR implements a more compact, lightweight and open design which shows the exact level of quality this gear is capable of offering. Also, the fitting system is completely different as LG actually designed this device to be worn like regular glasses. The idea may be interesting but it does cut a lot from the level of quality offered by closed up VR headsets.
Also, the LG 360 VR has as main competitor the Samsung Gear VR and, even though it doesn’t support the same features, is twice as expensive. Still, there are some good aspects that are worth mentioning and, if you’re interested in purchasing this device you should continue reading.
Design & Accessories
As mentioned, this device is lightweight (just 100g) and compact. The fact that you won’t be adding the phone to the VR headset means that the device will stay light without bothering you if you wear it for hours on a row. The LG 360 is connected with the phone via a USB-C wire which allows you complete access to the screen while using the glasses.
They wear just like a pair of regular glasses and this means that there will be a lot of light coming into your screen while you’re experiencing VR. Still, the arms are quite uncomfortable as they are made out of rigid plastic. However, because there are no straps and added weight, the LG 360 may actually be the only VR headset that can be fit in extremely easy.
Also, you can connect a pair of headphones (3.5mm jack) directly to your glasses so there won’t be two wires coming from your phone. Each lens can be focused individually and moved so you can fit them perfectly in front of your eyes, which is a really nice feature.
LG 360 VR - Official video
How to PLAY with LG 360VR
The LG 360 VR headset supports a resolution per eye of 960×720 pixels at 693ppi which is less in comparison with the whooping 1280×1440 pixels at 518/577ppi with Samsung Gear VR. Also, one of the main downsides, it can only be paired with LG 5.
One interesting feature is that they are extremely comfortable to wear and the lenses won’t steam-up since you have the proper ventilation. However, this comes at the cost of not being completely immersed in the world you are trying to explore virtually.
On the plus side, they are very portable and easy to tuck inside any bag or backpack.
When it comes to controllers, the LG 360 VR doesn’t offer anything else but 2 buttons: OK and Back. The rest of the navigation is done interacting with the phone screen directly. Actually, the fact that you have access to your phone makes the 2 available buttons obsolete.
To enjoy the virtual experience, you first have to go through the setup process. This requires you downloading and installing a bunch of services and apps on your phone. Once this step is done, simply plug and play. There is no ON/OFF button as the headset knows when you’re actually wearing them and turns itself ON or OFF.
In terms of performance, you may expect to see some pretty interesting features considering the fact that the LG 5 is one of the most powerful smartphones on the market. This doesn’t happen however, because the phone’s performance is hindered by the resolution and the image quality offered by the IPS screen on the glasses. Also, you can’t achieve complete immersion because the light keeps creeping in.
If this wasn’t enough, the content library is limited to only one app, the Jaunt VR app. This is basically a collection of videos and music that don’t rise up to the VR challenge and if you’ve ever used one of the real headsets, it will be extremely clear that the LG 360 is just and entry level device.
- More comfortable than most headsets on the market
- Extremely portable
- Light and easy to wear
- Setup is complicated
- The content library is non-existent
LG may have wanted to offer more portability and comfort, but their device seems unfinished. Besides the fact there is no content available, the setup process (both software and hardware) is complicated and tiring. So, I guess we’re waiting for the improved version.