When Oculus and Samsung introduced their Gear VR headset last year, they clearly mentioned the device not mass ready as it was pricey ($200 per headset) and was compatible with only a handful of Samsung devices. Past week, however, they introduced first-ever mass ready version of Gear VR. It is lighter, cheaper, and smaller and comes at a low price of $99! Plus, it is compatible with a range of devices- the Note 5, S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+. And further, this VR has a huge content library consisting of more VR games and apps than before.
Look and feel | Samsung Gear VR
Samsung never made promises about Gear VR being small and portable. We get that, as the earlier version seemed more like a gigantic pair of ski goggles than a cool, virtual reality head-mounted display headset.
The new version comes with useful iterations making the Gear VR weigh lighter than the past (about 19% lighter). The new Gear VR is also consumer-ready with no chunky white plastic strapped around like the previous model. This makes the Gear VR headset far less cumbersome to wear as you only need to strap the headset around your head with harmless elasticized Velcro straps.
Performance | Samsung Gear VR
One of my friends who is in close alliance with the company, tested Gear VR with his Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. It seems that setup is pretty easy. So once you load your headset with a compatible device (the Note 5, S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+), you are pretty much equipped to go. Soon you will see that the headset will launch Oculus Home that is a VR content portal. For here, you can access various apps, movies and games. If you have not installed Oculus app, the headset will prompt you to install first.
It was only last year that the concept of virtual reality content became popular. And now seeing the variety of apps and games on the Oculus Store, it is evident that more and going to come in the pipeline in near future.
How does it stand with respect to competition? | Samsung Gear VR
If you want to just wet your toes with virtual reality, Google’s Cardboard is a good start considering its low price and dead easy setup procedure. However, you won’t experience the same extent of sophistication and immersion as you will with Gear VR. At the end of the day you should stand clear. So here the clarity is that Google cardboard is well just a cardboard. On the other hand, Samsung and Oculus invented Gear VR is a drive into full-fledged virtual reality.
To Sum It Up
At the end of the review, I will not keep you blind from its cons. The cons are that Gear VR is only compatible with Samsung phones-that also not all. The Gear VR devours on your battery. And it is not as compatible and convenient and robust when compared to upcoming PC as well as console-backed VR headsets.
That being said, Samsung’s Gear VR is perhaps the first virtual reality headset that’s consumer-ready. It is reasonably prices with a $99 tag. All you need is a compatible Samsung phone, and you’re ready to dive into an incredible virtual experience that consists of 360-degree movie watching, and playing super immersive games.
Image Credits: Samsung Gear VR (Official Site)