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View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack Review (Bummed Out)

By Kelsey

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I had an old-fashioned View-Master when I was a child. I was so excited to see the “modern” version of this toy but was sadly disappointed. This VR system turned out to be nothing but a low quality system with an agenda to sell more than it provides.

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Age Range: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 year olds
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Unboxing

The View-Master VR is contained in a small, sturdy box. It is easy to open and inside is the headset that looks remarkably like the classic version, there is also a small disc like the picture cards in the classic version. Also included and very necessary are the instructions, you will need to provide a smart phone. View Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack
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The Playtime Experience

The instruction manual explains that you will need a smart phone with a 4-5 inch screen. There are several models specified however my phone wasn’t in the list and fit find. You will also need to download one to three experience applications from the Googly Play or Apple App store. Once you open the app, you place the phone in the View-Master and in theory, you are supposed to have this great VR experience. However, all I was able to do was a very poor quality demo and couldn’t ever get to a real experience through all the prompts to purchase more experiences. Virtual Reality Starter Pack Review (You may also like: National Geographic Mega Gemstone Mine)
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Things I Liked

I liked how this View-Master looked so much like the classic. But looks is as far as it goes.
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Things I Didn't Like

I felt BOMBARDED with requests to spend money, and the demo I experienced was the lowest quality VR experience I have ever had.
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Appropriate Ages

This VR player is recommended for 7 years and older.
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Final Note

In truth, I was really disappointed by the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack. I expected something way more and of higher quality. This was sorely lacking in quality and I felt like all it was, was asking me to spend more and more money. I expected at least one experience for purchasing a starter pack. I would not purchase this again, I would go for something of higher quality like the Samsung Gear VR for Android users. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1lFfLkMkgA

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