The phones that support VR are basically ones featured with gyroscope, which is a sensor for tracking rotation or twist of your device. In this post you will find out if your phone supports virtual reality or not, whether you are thinking about getting this phone or have had it in advance.
1. VR compatible phones list
If you want to buy a phone that supports VR, it’s very important to check out if it is featured with a gyroscope sensor, because even modern phones may miss it, and cannot be added later since it is a hardware piece, not software.
To quickly check if your phone supports Virtual Reality, you can select it in this list below to get a fast answer: Green = Does support, Red = Does not support.
For reference, all the phones listed in this list that support VR also support at least one of the VR headset that is already in the market.
For instance, in this list, there is less than 50% of Huawei phones with gyroscope and more than 50% without a gyroscope, especially the Huawei Y version.
For Samsung Galaxy fans, Samsung phones that support virtual reality are numerous and reach 37 phones on this list, and the proportion that lacks the gyroscope is limited to 20 phones. You can also notice that the release date for the same phone is a major factor: For example, Galaxy A7 version 2016 lacks the gyroscope and the version 2017 supports it.
2. Does my phone have a gyroscope?
There are 3 different ways to know that:
1. Make sure your phone is on the list of VR supported phones:
The fastest one is to click on the drop-down box above, specially prepared for this purpose, and select your phone to get the instant answer easily.
2. By using YouTube app:
If you prefer a realistic way, you can now access virtual reality with your phone without glasses to check your phone’s response to VR technology.
The best and trusty test is to launch YouTube app, not to access YouTube via browser, and follow these steps:
– Be sure to update the YouTube app to the latest version if the date of the issuance of your phone is old, but if it is recent skip this step,
-Search for 360-degree videos, using for example “video 360”,
– Watch one of these videos and then place your phone on the landscape mode,
– Click on the cardboard icon at the bottom-right of the screen, which will divide the screen into two halves so that the same video appears on both sides. If this button does not appear, it is likely that your Android or iPhone version is old and does not support the contents of the virtual reality,
– Finally, and this is the most important step, tilt your phone left and right, up and down. if the video on the screen responds and moves, then congratulation, your smartphone supports virtual reality technology. If the video is still motionless while moving your phone, your phone does not have a gyroscope sensor and therefore does not support the minimum requirements to access VR contents.
3. Scanning by apps:
There are many apps that can check VR compatibility, including the Sensor Box for Android that will detect all available sensors, include the gyroscope, on your Android device, and vividly show you how they work with amazing graphics.
I hope you have found easily the compatibility of your favorite phone and if there is still a vague point or you could not find your phone in the interactive list, feel free to comment below.