A Guide to Mobile VR: Samsung Gear VR

Here's everything you need to know about the mobile headset to make a decision.

There is a fantastic chance that your first virtual reality (VR) experience was in fact with a Samsung Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD), and what a great introduction that would have been as this is a quality HMD. However, to consider this HMD you will have to have a Samsung phone – and not just any Samsung phone.

Phone compatibility

The Samsung Gear VR, barring previous versions that were available, is compatible with only Samsung phones which includes: Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.

We couldn’t bring this up without mentioning that quite obviously the Note 7 doesn’t apply anymore (unless you want flames in your eyes and a burning Gear VR).

Design

The design has changed from when it first hit the consumer market in an updated Gear VR HMD this year, and it has been optimised to give a great experience.

The wider field of view that the new version of the consumer Gear VR HMD offers is something that will get your head way more into VR. One thing that hindered this slightly was the buttons on the side, but this has been fixed in the new version too making interactivity way easier.

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Accessories

Accessories for the Gear VR is purely optional, but there are quite a few gadgets that you could purchase if you are looking for an optimal VR experience. VRFocus previously listed three controllers that will bring your Gear VR experience to life. However, it is not necessary in the slightest.

Type of Content

As this is a product of Oculus, all of its content does not reside in the Google Play or iTunes stores, but instead in the Oculus Store. This makes the creation of content much more filtered out, which ensures that there is a certain level of quality about the content.

There are frequent releases for the Gear VR, so you would be far from bored if you invested in it.

How much does it cost?

The Gear VR has a stable price tage of $99 (USD), which has not changed since the first consumer version hit the market. One thing that does need to be pointed out at this stage is that it is actually the priciest mobile HMD, and so it may be a bit of a hurdle in terms of deciding to purchase when you have the Google Daydream View in sight.

 

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