The Samsung Gear VR Overview

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Virtual reality is a huge topic in the tech industry right now. No company has released a stand-alone virtual reality product, but there is an option you can buy right now if you want to get in on the virtual reality revolution– the Samsung Gear VR.

Only Samsung fans are able to get in on this action right now, because the only devices supported by the Gear VR are the Note 4, the Galaxy S6, and the Galaxy S6 Edge. Anyone without one of these Samsung devices must either wait for a full-fledged product like the Oculus Rift, or buy a new Android phone.

The Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR was first developed in 2014 by Samsung Electronics in collaboration Oculus, a virtual reality company recently acquired by Facebook. The Gear VR has no display built in, but instead uses a mobile phone as the screen and computational system.

While the earlier models of the Gear VR were tied to and powered by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the latest model of the Gear VR can interface with only the latest Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, which obviously reduces the size of the screen. The Gear VR has many built-in sensors, including an Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyrometer, and Geo-magnetic sensor.

Content is King

The idea of virtual reality is great, but what exactly do you do with this headset? There are many options for entertainment through the Gear VR.

Gear VR Cinema is one of the easiest apps to understand. The headset simulates a theater for you to walk around in, including a large screen for you to view whatever video content you desire. This gives you the freedom of going to see a movie at the theater without leaving your home.

There are also many games for the device. We’ve reached a point of surprising visual fidelity on a phone, and the Gear VR tries to leverage this for its content. Temple Run is now optimized for a virtual reality experience, giving you everything you’ve always loved about the game in a different form factor.

This new content system allows for new types of games the likes of which we’ve never seen. Titans of Space shows the true size of the universe, and seeing space true-to-scale is a wonder to behold. The Gear VR allows for very novel and unique educational experiences.

Yes, right now purchasing a Gear VR would make you an early adopter. However, we think it’s an extremely cool piece of tech that you won’t regret.

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Divya Palaniappan is an engineer and an avid techie who considers information worthless unless verified. When she isn't wracking her brain over machines she loves spending time in her garden.

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