Investing in Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) is one of the cheapest ways to get into VR, and continuing with the trend, you might be looking to add some affordable accessories to the mix. We've rounded up a bunch of the best here for a variety of uses, and you won't spend more than $20.
- Display your headset: TreeCloud9 MindStand X
- Quick cleanup: SecurOMax microfiber cloths
- Keep motion controllers on: Energizer Recharge Pro
- Clear vision: Jaws Quick Spit anti-fog spray
- USB-A extension: Cable Matters 6-foot USB cable
- HDMI extension: AmazonBasics six-foot HDMI cable
- Get your cables off the floor: Kiwi Design VR suspension
Display your headset: TreeCloud9 MindStand XStaff pick
Your WMR headset doesn't have to sit on the floor or hang from a hook when not in use. With the MindStand X from TreeCloud9, you can display any WMR headset and keep cables under wraps. The stand folds down when not in use, making it easy to tote with you when you hit the road.
Quick cleanup: SecurOMax microfiber clothsEditor's choice
There's nothing worse than foggy or dirty WMR lenses. They obstruct your ability to focus on the action in the headset properly, and frankly, they're just gross. These cloths from SecurOMax won't scratch your WMR headset's lenses and you'll be glad you have them on hand after a couple of sessions.
Keep motion controllers on: Energizer Recharge Pro
WMR includes two motion controllers, each requiring one or two AA batteries to operate. Speaking from experience, you're going to want to invest early in some rechargeable batteries to save money in the long run. This pack includes a wall charger that can handle four AAs at once, so you shouldn't have any downtime while waiting for a charge.
Clear vision: Jaws Quick Spit anti-fog spray
Dealing with foggy WMR lenses is a serious pain and a problem that affects a large majority of VR users. Heading into the WMR headset can be a physical endeavor, and having what is essentially a hot mask over your face doesn't lend itself well to ventilation. To help cut down on the fog that ruins games and causes frustration, try applying some anti-fog spray to your lenses once in a while.
USB-A extension: Cable Matters 6-foot USB cable
Extending the USB-A cable of your WMR headset is touchy due to USB controllers and cables not always working together, but this option from Cable Matters has been used successfully by plenty of people. It's cheap, but it adds six feet to the cable to better let you move around your VR space.
HDMI extension: AmazonBasics six-foot HDMI cable
If you're extending your USB-A cable, you'll also want to extend your HDMI cable. Users have had success with this option from AmazonBasics, which supports HDMI 2.0 and adds six feet. This will match the USB-A extension in look and length, and it certainly is affordable.
Get your cables off the floor: Kiwi Design VR suspension
If you're sick of dealing with WMR cables wrapped around your feet, especially if you've invested in extensions, this suspension system can help. The kit comes with six suspendable pulleys that attach to the cable and hang it from your ceiling, giving you the right amount of cable at all times without too much slack.
If we're making some suggestions
The above roundup of accessories can complement any WMR headset, no matter the make, so you should no doubt find a few options that you need to improve your time in VR. However, if you're wondering where to start, we recommend checking out the TreeCloud9 MindStand X, which provides a portable mounting solution for your headset. This keeps it off the ground and out of the way of harm, and it folds down for easy transportation when you take your gear to a friend's place.
A six-pack of microfiber cloths from SecurOMax is likewise recommended, as your headset will get sweaty and your lenses will get gunked up during regular play. Those lenses are precious, so treat them with care!
Have the hardware and wondering what now you should play in VR? Have a look at our collection of the best WMR games available now.
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