Samsung Gear VR – Virtual Reality Headset

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  • Works with Samsung Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge
  • Light weight so you can play and watch more comfortably
  • Easy to use touch pad

Mobile virtual reality is finally here. With the Samsung Gear VR, you can play amazing games, watch Hollywood’s best movies in your own private cinema (or even on the moon!), socialize with friends new and old, be at the center of a suspense thriller, and so much more. The Gear VR drops you right into the action-and it’s only from Samsung & Oculus.

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  1. Soriea says:
    260 of 276 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Forget wearables. VR is the next big thing., November 22, 2015
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    Soriea (Benton Harbor, MI USA) –

    This review is from: Samsung Gear VR – Virtual Reality Headset (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    I love tech but I haven’t been overly excited over it of late. VR is one of those things that is hard to describe. No matter how many reviews of it I read, I just couldn’t grasp what the reviewers were trying to tell me. I fear I will be no better but I will give it a good shot for those on the fence about it.

    I Pre-ordered mine for Best Buy. I use it with my International, unlocked, Galaxy Note 5, 64GB model. I mention this because after I ordered I saw the phone would require a carrier update, since my phone is carrier free, I wasn’t sure if this would be a problem. Its not. My Note 5 detected the Gear VR and installed the needed software. Set up was easy and painless. Some of the things I’ve done with it.

    I took a trip through our solar system in an experience called Titans of Space. It made it feel like you were in a little ship, flying up to each planet and some of their moons. The information panel or hud, gives information on each(Planet,Moons, Stars), then sped you through space to the next planet. I’d look up and see space and stars, turn around in my real sit to see part of my virtual chair, look down I could see the controls, and out the windows more space and whatever planet I was near. I am a sucker for space and this just blew my mind. After the tour of our sun, it started showing other suns in scale so that you could see how much larger it was over our sun. I saw a blue sun in the Orion system, another red sun that was so large, if dropped where our sun is, it would reach close to Saturn. And of course the demo in this part of the tour was to give you a sense of scale. I was completely immersed and it made me see just how much potential this tech has. Something like this for learning and retention beats a text book and teacher lectures any day.

    Netflix has an app that puts you in this château up in the snowy mountains. Nice big screen on the wall and to your eyes it really is a big screen. I have a 52″ in my house but in VR, I felt like I was in front of a much much larger screen. Imagine when this stuff goes full HD. The mobile version is only 420p I believe.. That’s really the only downside to it. PC version will have higher resolution and cost a lot more.

    I’ve also been in an App. I forget the name of it. It may have been Oculus Video but don’t take this as truth. Anyway, the App allows you to pick from a home theater setting, a movie cinema, on the moon, in the forest of ANTS (that animated movie from years ago) and black Void. I usually use the cinema and the screen appears to my eyes as big as an IMAX. I never expected these types of experiences from this headset and my phone.

    I’m not really interested in it for gaming. For seeing shows, live events or visiting places you’d never get to see is really cool. If I turn I can see what’s going on behind me, above, below and in front. Really tricks your brain when you reach out to touch what you see and it’s not their. I can see this as being the next big fitness craze. Imagine walking in place on a treadmill while walking the tropics of Hawaii.

    I did a couple of under water experiences. I honestly am not overly interested in the sea or sea life but this blew me away as well. full 360, look below and I could see the light above penetrating the surface of the ocean where I was. I was in a cage in the ocean, watching a great white shark swim around and bump the cage trying to get to me. Took an under water tour of the Arctic seas. Saw different varitaty of whales with a narrator giving information on each one.

    I see so much potential for this. Right now games have the most attention but as the tech matures it can be used for a lot of things. I took a tour of some really fancy house. I could move through every room, check out the ceiling, the floors, just like I was there and my thought was, this would be so cool for real estate. Imagine shopping for your next house and not having to leave the house unless you found one you really liked. This could be a time saver in real estate. Get more houses shown, save realtors on gas money you name it lol.

    I saw a beautiful performance with Cirque de Soleil’s Zarkana. I’ve watched it six times. It puts you right there on stage and it was amazing. This will be huge for live events one day.

    And what is a review without pros and cons.
    Pro’s: Lots of content both free and paid. Inexpensive to get into if you have the right phone. Fully Immersive and entertaining. Its Mobile
    Con’s: Low Res. Sometimes I can see a screen door effect.

    Worth 99 bucks? I cannot stress enough it is worth every penny. Its been a long time since anything fully blew me away. If your on the fence about the more expensive VR thats coming, this is a good way to try it before going all in.

    Update: Seems Samsung is releasing a browser tomorrow. This is suppose to allow you to check out YouTube videos…

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  2. ms_phd says:
    122 of 133 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Coolest piece of tech I’ve ever ever ever used, November 21, 2015
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    ms_phd (New York, NY) –

    This review is from: Samsung Gear VR – Virtual Reality Headset (Wireless Phone Accessory)
    Received this a day early as a pre-order. I love it. Set-up is extremely easy. There is a lot of free content included in the software (that is auto-installed when you first connect). Much more content can be downloaded independently (both free and for fee). The only thing that freaked me out was the LONG list of warnings during set-up.

    So far I can tolerate about 15 minutes at a time. Tonight I watched the opening of The Lion King on Broadway while standing on stage with the actors – Truly brilliant. Hung out with some elephants and took a flight over New York City. You can also watch Netflix movies while sitting virtually in a self selected environment – a private theatre, on the moon, what appears to be a ski lodge and a few other options. It’s hard to explain just how cool this is. It is fully immersive, 360 degree video.

    Pros
    1) Truly affordable VR
    2) Content
    3) Ability to control with track-pad and buttons on the headset (unlike cardboard).

    Cons
    1) Video quality can be hit or miss (Most clips have a streaming option, but downloading provides better quality)
    2) Initially fatiguing on the eyes
    3) Having a cell phone at your head (I’d suggest turning off the cellular when using)

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  3. Henry T says:
    35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Imperfect in almost every way… and yet still TOTALLY AWESOME!, November 28, 2015
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    Henry T (Bellevue, WA) –

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    This review is from: Samsung Gear VR – Virtual Reality Headset (Wireless Phone Accessory)
    This is the only VR device I’ve ever used. There may be something better out there on the horizon, but for now, I believe this is the coolest thing on the planet. And it only costs a hundred bucks (if you own the right phone).

    OK, it’s surprisingly pixelated. OK, there isn’t a whole lot of content yet. OK, it gives me a headache after a little while. OK, it uses up batteries shockingly fast and overheats frequently.

    But this teleports you instantly into other worlds. And for a hundred bucks. Basically, if you put on a scuba mask with a screen mesh on the glass and then teleported to another dimension, that’s how it feels.

    I’ve almost fallen several times because I tried to put my feet up on the non existent chair in front of me. A few times, I’ve bumped things because I forgot they were still there in the “real world”.

    There’s a Cirque Du Soleil demo where you are on the stage with the performers. You have to look around to get the full performance. There are games that are primitive and low res, but there is potential written all over them. If the resolution was better, this could become my preferred method of viewing movies.

    I never cared about 3D TV. I understood that it was a gimmick. 3D TV was ‘3D’ in the same way a grade school diorama is ‘3D’. This however is VIRTUAL REALITY. One day, WoW and other online RPGs will appear on goggles like this. By then, this will be like those first brick cellphones compared to today’s smart phone, but for now, it’s a small piece of the future.

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