BEACON TRANSCRIPT – It’s no big news that everybody’s enthusiastic about the new VR technology. Unfortunately, a full VR ensemble can be a little spicy. But, luckily there are a couple of alternatives you can try to see what the fuss is all about. McDonald’s will launch its version of Google Cardboard in a couple of hand-picked diners from Sweden.
Lately, it would seem that most tech companies are set on launching their interpretation of the VR technology. For example, HTC recently launched the HTC Vive VR headgear, a device that will inevitably compete with Facebook’s Oculus Rift.
Sadly, not all of us can afford to buy such a device. With a retail price of 800 bucks, the VR headgear will hit the store starting in April. Moreover, HTC also said that the pack will also include three specially-designed VR titles.
But that’s not even the beginning of the problem. Let’s say that there are many banks out there you can rob, or if that’s too much for you, then you will be pleased to find out that anatomically speaking, each and every human has two kidneys. So we buy the headgear, then what?
You also need a high-end system to run games in pure 3D. Well, until this problem is sorted out, you can still try the new technology using a couple of surrogates, Google Cardboard being one of them.
And now, McDonalds has announced that it will officially join the VR master race. Recently, the CEO of the ever popular diner declared that the company is currently testing out VR-related products.
This experiment will take place in Sweden, on the 5th and the 12th of March. And we should also know that, given the nature of the operation, the company decided to manufacture only a handful of VR devices (around 3000).
McDonald’s VR device works just like Google Cardboard. According to the company, each customer asking for a Happy Meal on the 5th and 12th of March will receive the new VR device called Happy Goggles. Note that you won’t receive the VR device separately when you order a happy meal.
The Happy Meal box is the VR headgear. This means that once you finished eating the meal, you can use the instruction on the side to turn the box into a VR device. Just stick your smartphone in there and enjoy your very first VR experience.
Apart from the VR/ Happy Meal box, which will cost around four bucks, the diner is also offering a free game called Beware of the Hill. The game is set to test out the children’s skiing abilities.
McDonalds will launch its version of Google Cardboard in only a few hand-picked diners from Sweden, starting of the 5th of March.