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LG 360 VR headset looks almost like glasses (photos)

This tiny folding set of VR specs plugs into LG's newest G5 via USB-C. We tried it on.

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I started with CNET reviewing laptops in 2009. Now I explore wearable tech, VR/AR, tablets, gaming and future/emerging trends in our changing world. Other obsessions include magic, immersive theater, puzzles, board games, cooking, improv and the New York Jets. My background includes an MFA in theater which I apply to thinking about immersive experiences of the future.
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LG's new 360 VR headset was unveiled in Barcelona. It's surprising!

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First of all, it's small and lightweight.

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The LG 360 VR plugs into the newest LG G5 phone via USB-C.

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It has its own built-in dual 1080p displays, too.

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This headset is about a third of the weight of larger phone-based VR headsets like Samsung Gear VR.

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It has earpieces that unfold, like a pair of VR glasses.

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Two buttons on top handle navigation a bit.

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It looks sleek.

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Your G5 phone, when plugged in, can use its touchscreen like an extra VR controller.

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Its wired design means it needs that USB-C cable to plug into your phone, however. For audio, you'll need to plug headphones in your phone or use a Bluetooth headset.

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The LG 360 VR works with existing VR phone apps like Google Cardboard, but won't be able to access Oculus apps.

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Are smaller headsets the way of the future for VR?

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It's a lot more portable.

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The LG 360 VR will debut alongside the new G5 phone. Price is still unknown.

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