Don’t get too excited. If you scanned the news and saw some reports that OnePlus—makers of the somewhat-hard-to-get OnePlus One smartphone—was giving away a free version of Google Cardboard, then it’s already too late. OnePlus has run out of whatever stock it had for its modified iteration of Google Cardboard.
OnePlus was offering the device in advance of its July 27 OnePlus 2 launch. It will stream starting at 10 p.m. ET that night in virtual reality, courtesy of the OnePlus version of Cardboard.
“If you weren’t able to get your hands on one of our Cardboards, don’t sweat it. Check out this blog post for a simple DIY version if you’re feeling crafty. Or, you can purchase one of the other headsets out there, like Google Cardboard,” OnePlus said in a blog post.
“This is not a product; it’s an initiative. We aren’t making any money by offering OnePlus Cardboard. In fact, we are losing money with each one. There will come a day in which we will be able to travel the world and experience amazing things without ever leaving the comfort of our homes. OnePlus Cardboard exists to drive this idea forward,” OnePlus said.
Admittedly, it might feel a little strange to be getting cardboard for free (plus shipping). That’s literally what Google Cardboard is: a cardboard template that you slide your smartphone into, and then wear it on your head to give yourself the cheapest virtual reality headset you can possibly get your hands on. If you build the cardboard holder yourself, you have to do all the cutting and folding, in addition to picking up the lenses that help to enable the virtual reality effect. If you buy it from someone else, you might be paying anywhere from $20 to $30.
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SOURCE: PC Mag, David Murphy