It is undeniably true that virtual reality technology has grown in popularity and intrigue over the past few years. The technology is fairly new and consumers aren’t fully ready to embrace it just yet. However, one startup company, Envelop, hopes to make virtual reality more mainstream as quickly as possible. The company has launched Envelop for Windows. The brand new computing platform makes it possible for consumers to utilize their Windows application within the virtual reality platform.
The public beta for the software is scheduled to launch tomorrow, Friday the 5th, at VRLA. It will be made available on Steam soon after. Envelop VR hopes to provide consumers with new ways to create, play, and work, by giving them the ability to run their Windows programs in the virtual reality environment. At this point in time, the software is only compatible with the Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE virtual reality headsets. The overall effectiveness and convenience of being able to run Microsoft Word and Excel in VR remains to be seen, but Envelop VR’s new software will undoubtedly spark interest amongst VIVE and Oculus Rift owners. Those, who wish to learn more about Envelop and their new software, would be wise to check out the company’s official website at EnvelopVR.com.
Meanwhile, Xiaomi, which is considered by many to be the Apple of China, has decided to release their very own VR headset. The company’s Mi VR Play is very similar to the Samsung Gear VR, since both require the presence of a smartphone. Xiaomi recently started accepting applications for beta testers and 1 million candidates registered within a matter of just 8 hours. Although it is not known how much the VR headset will cost upon its release, developers will be able to get their hands a pre-release version for just fifteen centers.
Xiaomi primarily markets and sells its products within China, but it has delved into Western markets on several occasions. The company’s Mi VR Play incorporates the use of a zipper pouch to hold the user’s smartphone in place. The VR headset can be used with any smartphone with a screen ranging in size from 4.7 to 5.7 inches. Xiaomi intends to develop its own virtual reality app, which will be used for the headset.
They also intend to partner with several content providers, including Dooribun, Youku, and Conde Nast Traveler. Eventually, the company hopes to provide Mi VR Play owners with access to 2D and 3D video content. It is unknown whether or not the Mi VR will ever make its way over to the United States, but VR enthusiasts should keep their fingers crossed.