Samsung is officially the first to promote an impressive and accessible virtual reality headset, all powered by software from Facebook’s recently acquired Oculus VR team.
Samsung’s Gear VR is an amazing feat and a bright vision into our near future; It has brought a really affordable virtual reality experience to consumers and it has set a prominent example of how much we still have to achieve before that dream is completely realized.
WHAT IS THE SAMSUNG GEAR VR?
Samsung is giving the Samsung Gear VR away with all preorders of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge phones. It provides an insight into the amazing world of virtual reality that high-end devices like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR are introducing to the world this year.
- Wireless mode of use
- Extremely impressive visuals
- Solid content library
- Light, comfortable, attractive
- Resolution is a little disappointing
- Full game content expensive
- Only compatible with some Galaxy phones
- Extremely limited software library
The main part that actually takes you into the world of VR consists of two lenses that will change the screen of your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge into a VR experience when viewed sideways. A slider is present on the top of the headset which helps in adjusting the distance of lenses from your eyes. Two layers of foam residing around the edge of the portion sitting against your face make it comfortable for you to wear the Gear VR.
The initial setup for the Gear VR is pretty uncomplicated. On docking your phone for the first time, the headset will provide you an onscreen prompt to take the phone back out again and install the relevant software.
Then you must agree to the EULA guidelines, which recommend that no-one under age 13 should use the device and anyone benefitting from it should take a break every 15-20 minutes to give their eyes a rest.
Onwards, you’ll need to install the Oculus app. Within this app you’ll find all the Gear VR compatible apps and games, which you will have to download separately.
APPS AND GAMES
At the initial launch of Gear VR, there were only around 30 apps and games to try out. However, now
you can view at least 18 pages of content in the store, with some full Gear VR exclusive games just waiting to be downloaded. The only drawback is that all the store pricing is still in dollars and you can’t use your existing Google Wallet details or its associated credit.
But still there’s plenty of others to try out on the Gear VR if you’re ready to spend some money – prices vary from a range between $2.99 to $9.99.
Both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge are powered by the octo-core Samsung Exynos 7420 processor and 3GB of RAM and feature a 5.1-inch display with a 1,440 x 2,560p Quad HD resolution.
The Gear VR is amusing to use and Samsung’s idea to give it away with thousands for Galaxy S7 phones will surely help the platform improve. Most new developers will be eager to create new apps and games for such a large audience.
If you already possess an S6 or S6 Edge then you should seriously consider the Gear VR, especially if you’re interested at seeking an insight at the future of gaming and personal film viewing.