THE GOOD The LG 360 VR has a compact and light design that’s very comfortable to wear.

THE BAD It’s not a good Virtual Reality experience, has terrible light leakage and looks really uncool.

THE BOTTOM LINE There are better VR experiences to be had than the LG 360 VR, and better G5 accessories to spend your money on.

LG VR

It seems like everyone is having a crack at making a virtual reality headset, so why shouldn’t LG get to have a go? After all, if Viewmaster can stage a VR comeback, then surely so can the Korean electronics giant?

Despite handing over a headset to CNET for testing, LG didn’t tell me the price (despite the fact that some online retailers are listing it for $200, which converts to around AU$265 or £140). Nor did it offer a rundown of the specs or even confirm if the 360 VR was getting an Australian release. And truth be told, if the company decides to base any release decisions on early response to the product, maybe we won’t be seeing the 360 VR any time soon…

But first off, let’s look at how it compares with its most obvious competitor, Samsung’s Gear VR:

LG 360 VR Samsung Gear VR (2015)
Resolution (per eye) 960×720 pixels at 693ppi 1,280×1,440 pixels, at 518-577ppi depending on phone
Connection USB-C cable Micro-USB connector inside headset
Weight 134.3 g (4.7 oz) 318 g (11.2 oz) headset only, phone will add 171 g (6.03 oz)
Dimensions 164.1×185.6×45.9mm with arms extended (6.46×7.3×1.8 inches) 92.6×201.9×116.4 mm (3.64×7.95×4.6 inches)
Works with LG G5 Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 5, S7 and S7 Edge

So it’s like the Samsung Gear VR?

The 360 VR does actually work in a very similar way to Samsung’s Gear VR. It uses the processing power of the LG G5 to run the virtual experiences. However, instead of placing your phone directly into the headset and using the phone’s screen as your window into virtual reality as you would with the Gear, the 360 VR — complete with its own screen — plugs into the G5 via a USB-C cable.

The result is a lighter headset that works kind of like a pair of safety goggles, only less cool-looking. It’s not the prettiest product I’ve ever seen: grey plastic on grey textured fabric does nothing for me. Urgh.

 

 

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