About Samsung Gear VR Headset
Gear VR headset is a Virtual Headset manufactured by Sasmung but powered by Oculus VR technology. It was designed from the ground up to work with Samsung's latest mobile phones, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
Samsung Gear VR was designed to be convenient to wear and portable. Gear VR brings its owners the opportunity to enjoy a new kind of visual experience when using dedicated VR apps and games. Samsung's high-end mobile phones are very popular, and this opens up a path for developers to satisfy their needs for unique and entertaining mobile phone games.
Keep in mind that the Gear VR doesn't employ a dedicated built-in display, but uses your phone's screen to show its magic. Furthermore, unlike other headsets with built-in display, the Gear VR uses your mobile phone's built-in sensors to track your head orientation.
As of the time of writing, there are two different models of the Gear VR, because each one support to fit phones with different sizes. Samsung also made the Gear CR compatible with Bluetooth gamepads, so you can have a controller which can control your character in-game. Other than that, the Gear VR is independent device, it doesn't rely on any other hardware to operate. This makes it a great choice for people on-the-go or taking it to your next vacation.
The Gear VR also has an integrated touchpad, which can be useful for interacting with a UI of an Android VR app or in-game.
If you have one of Samsung's latset high-end compatible smartphones and you love VR games, the Samsung Gear VR is the obvious choice.
Samsung Gear VR was meant to take mobile VR gaming to a new level. This is a step up experience compared to the cheaper alternative headsets based on Google Carboard specifications, and those headsets who were designed to just to be a sit for the headset itself, and relies on the phone's built-in sensors to operate.Keep in mind that Gear VR isn't compatible with all Android headsets, only a selected high-end Samsung smartphones. Although the Gear VR headset is relatively cheap, it does require a compatible device like the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, etc.
So this is one reason that many gamers turn to some of the alternative VR headsets because to enjoy the Gear VR, you'll also need a compatible mobile device. One of these alternatives is Merge VR which is compatible with Android and iOS smartphones, it's affordable but doesn't offer as much content as Gear VR.
The Samsung Gear VR has been reviewed by the industry leading gadget websites, and most of them found the GearVR to offer the best mobile VR experience so far and among its pros they mentioned its relatively light weight (although the phone adds to the weight), cordless experience, comfortable design, high-quality lenses and very easy setup procedure. Samsung Gear VR is considered as a Luxury mobile VR device, but it is still far from offering the same visuals and complete VR experience that both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive offer. But that's understandable considering the hardware requirement for these two headsets, but for mobile VR, Gear VR is currently the best choice.
The Gear VR reviews also brought up some cons, including sole compatibility with Samsung mobile devices, short battery life (the Gear VR uses your phone's battery), graphics are not as robust as the PC and consoles, no positional tracking, visible screen door effect and pixelation among others.
Overall, the Gear VR is the mobile VR headset of choice for many people who already own one of Samsung's compatible smartphone and want to enjoy the best cordless mobile VR experience. The game selection is getting larger every day with great new immersive games and experiences. Check out these amazing new Gear VR games in the list below.