A few days ago, specifically on May 31st, Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi had a very busy day where it released a couple of devices including Xiaomi Mi 8, Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition, Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, Xiaomi TV 4 75 inches, Xiaomi Mi Band 3, MIUI 10 and Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset. Although the event was taken over by the smartphones, there was one very important question about the Xiaomi VR standalone headset that wasn’t answered at the time. The question is “apart from the Mi logo on the front of this headset, all other aspects of this device seem to be copied from Oculus Go, Why?” Despite the striking resemblance, the Xiaomi Mi VR Headset sold out in four minutes of its first sale and many people still crave for this gadget.
The American company, Oculus (owned by Facebook) is one of the giants of VR device manufacturers. According to TrendForce’s statistics, Oculus shipped over 700,000 units a year, ranking second in the world. This is because it failed to enter the Chinese market (all remaining mainstream competitors have entered China). As one of the first giants to develop VR equipment, Oculus actually planned for entry into China as early as 2016, but it has been delayed for many years due to lack of appropriate localization plans and partners.
On the other hand, Xiaomi Technology has launched its own VR device since its launch in 2016. It has been iterating new products from the VR toy version to the official version. At present, its full-line sales volume has exceeded one million, but the company was expecting more.
These two companies, Oculus and Xiaomi, came together to try to achieve their dreams. While Xiaomi has the foundation in China that Oculus needs, Oculus has the technique and VR headset experience that Xiaomi needs. Their marriage on this headset was a good move for both companies. This is exactly why the recently released Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset looks just like Oculus Go. This simply means that the Xiaomi Headset was built for the Chinese market with American tech. The beauty of this Headset is that if you already have a plethora of Xiaomi devices, the Xiaomi Mi Standalone VR Headset will connect with them seamlessly, something that the Oculus Go will not do.
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