Virtual Reality is new in the market and can be claiming a VR headset section for itself in many stores which made it necessary to have a Samsung Gear VR Review. For all those people who have been hyped about virtual reality and think that the Rift or the Vive are too much of an investment, the next best option you have is the Samsung Gear VR headset which is a smartphone-based VR headset. However, I wouldn’t leave the PSVR behind which is yet to release in a few days.
It is one of the best smartphone VR headsets and does give you a reason to buy the new Samsung phones! It is compatible with Samsung S6/S6 Edge, Note 5, S7 edge, Samsung Note 7(Compatible with the new Gear VR).
Made by the developers of the Oculus rift, this headset got me interested as it is already available(released with a full working dedicated app) and I find it way easier to use compared to its high-end folks (Rift, Vive) because all you need to do here is pop in your smartphone inside the VR headset and you are ready to go.
Specifications of the Gear VR(2015 Release)
Field Of View: 96 degrees
Resolution: 2560 x 1440 pixels (Super AMOLED)
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Compatible Devices: Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and S6 Edge+, Galaxy S7, S7 edge.
Controls: Touchpad, back button, volume key
Weight(without the phone): 310 grams
Listed Price: $99
Offered Price:$ 59.99
Best Buy: www.amazon.com
Amazon Ratings: 4.2/5 (1,874 Customer Reviews)
How Samsung Gear VR works?
The Gear VR is a headset that could be easily strapped with the help of straps that are customized and kept wide in order to have an even distribution of weight around the face.
It is comfortable to use even for people who wear glasses as it accommodates them easily by providing enough room for them inside the headset. It feels really comfortable on the face due to the well-designed padding around the eyes and on the bridge of the nose.You can continue using this headset for a really long time provided you deal with the overheating issues that might interrupt your gameplay.
The FOV of the device is 96 degrees and it has a trackpad which is used for navigating in the app and for playing games.The trackpad is a feature not easily seen on many mobile VR headsets and that makes the Gear VR stand out in the crowd.
Android Compatible Gamepad
The gamepad is needed in few games like Minecraft, Dreadhalls, and Gunjack .From the perspective of a few gamers, it is felt that using gamepads even while gaming in VR enhances the overall gaming experience because the trackpad that comes built in with the Samsung Gear VR can cause you a little discomfort with prolonged use.(Tips and tricks for Samsung gear VR)
For a few games you do feel the need for a gamepad and in the case of the rest of the games, the gameplay is just going to be much better. You do not need to get any high-end gamepad for this and you could easily opt for the cheaper ones too(Moga Controllers).
Using gamepads avoids you from keeping your hand over the touchpad all the time because after a while it can start causing some serious discomfort.
The VR headset does allow you to plug in earphones that you received along with the Samsung phones. However, using a high-end headphone can improve the VR experience. Being a headphone addict I did try it out with a high-end headphone and found a great deal of difference in the sound effects which further improved the VR experience. If you do not want any sort of extra weight apart from the headset and the phone inside it, you can go for the lighter earbuds as well since they too work well.
If you do not want any sort of extra weight apart from the headset and the phone inside it, you can use the earbuds as they are light and work well with the Gear VR.
So, the gamepad and the headset are the two gaming accessories you may want to add on. The more likely addition to the Gear VR should be the gamepad so that you can enjoy almost all the games available at the Oculus Store.
Things I liked about the Gear VR
- Easily available and economical
- Easy to carry around and is light in weight compared to its other high-end competitors.
- Nice fit and comfortable.
- Good FOV and good supporting apps.
Things I do not like about the Gear VR
- Does drain a lot of phone battery(however, that would be the case with any VR headset).
- Supports only Samsung phones.
- Can make you feel motion sick in a few games.
- Overheating Issues.
Gaming on the Gear VR
The gameplay on this VR headset is the best compared to any other smartphone-based VR headset available till date.The Oculus Store does offer a really good amount of content and apart from games, you can even watch Netflix and 360-degree videos.The wide range of content available in this VR headset is something that will keep you entertained all the time and it makes this headset the best investment. The 360-degree videos are both informative and entertaining.One such app is the Flickr VR app which can instantaneously take you to any place with its wide range of immersive 360-degree videos.
Is the Samsung Gear VR worth it ?
The Samsung Gear VR is one of the hot sellers on amazon. Soon after the release of the new and slightly improved Gear VR which was released alongside with the Samsung Galaxy Note7, there was a sudden increase in buyers and in no time it became the top seller.For a price of $60, this is a must buy for all the Gear VR owners.
The only limitation that can prevent you from buying the Samsung Gear VR is that you may not have Gear VR compatible phone else it is a perfect option and my #1 Recommendation for people who actually want to invest in a smartphone-based VR headset.
However, this VR headset has a perfect price/feature balance and I will highly recommend it to a VR ethusiast who wants to get a Smartphone based VR headset.
Purchase Samsung Gear VR
One of the best things about the Gear VR is that it is easily available in most of the countries and you could easily buy it off amazon. So, go ahead and check it out and let me know what you think about the Gear VR!
You can even check out the new Gear VR(2016 release) which costs $99 only if you are a Note 7 owner or want to get the better version of the Gear VR.
In case of any comments or questions leave them below and I would be happy to help 🙂
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