Orange unveils VR headset and app

Orange, virtual reality

Orange is to launch an own-branded virtual reality (VR) headset in select European markets before the end of the year.

The France-based operator unveiled its VR1 headset and accompanying app, the VR360, which will work with iOS and Android smartphones.

Orange has lent on Strax to supply the headset, which features a 120-degree field of view, in-built headphones and a button to pause/play and answer calls.

The app features VR tutorials and video content such as a gaming experience and a sci-fi action clip.

As announced last month, customers in France will be able to access native VR content from the likes of Twentieth Century Fox Innovation Lab and Warner Bros from December as part of a trial with startup Wevr.

The Orange VR1 will be rolled-out across several European markets over the next three months, including France, Spain, Belgium, Poland and Luxembourg.

Other countries will follow, Orange said in a statement.

The headset and app will cost “approximately” €49.99, it added.

Yves Maitre, Executive Vice President of the Connected Objects and Partnership team at Orange, said: “We want to position Orange at the forefront of the VR revolution, creating new virtual experiences for our customers in an effortless manner.

“With the Orange VR1 headset, our ambition is to propose a device that makes VR accessible to our customers and in doing so, provides them with a user-friendly experience allowing them to enjoy VR content using their existing smartphone, whether iOS or Android.”

More News

Three leans on Cisco Jasper to power IoT business Three leans on Cisco Jasper to power IoT business Mobile operator Three has selected Cisco Jasper to jump start its Internet of Things offering across its entire footprint. More detail
BT hit with record £42 million Ofcom fine for bad behaviour at Openreach BT hit with record £42 million Ofcom fine for bad behaviour at Openreach UK regulator Ofcom has slapped BT with a £42 million fine after its Openreach division failed to provide adequate compensation for late installations. More detail
UK telcos could be forced to shell out £185 million for poor service under Ofcom plans UK telcos could be forced to shell out £185 million for poor service under Ofcom plans Telecoms customers in the UK who experience poor landline or broadband service could be subject to automatic compensation under new proposals made by regulator Ofcom. More detail
eir loses CCO, appoints new CITO eir loses CCO, appoints new CITO Jon Florsheim has quit as Chief Commercial Officer of eir, the Ireland-based operator has revealed. More detail
Telefónica wins five-year Ferrovial comms deal Telefónica wins five-year Ferrovial comms deal Telefónica will supply infrastructure company Ferrovial with a range of communications services after winning a five-year deal. More detail
    

@eurocomms