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  • Perfect
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    The Samsung VR Headset with Controller comes with manuals presented in a sleek black box with the VR components easily distinguishable. Identifiable manuals with clear and concise instructions direct through the setup. In the box are included multiple connectors that allow a means of connecting to a variety of Samsung devices from the S6 upwards. When used with my S8 I was automatically encouraged before first use to download the required software on to my S8, so I could use the VR headset. This is a great plus as it means no time is wasted trying to figure out what software is required and avoids trying to install software one by one. The Oculus Store offers a great range of immersive experiences. The store offers a range of videos, games and other AR experiences, which allow you to try new things whilst improving your knowledge of interests and hobbies. These immersive experiences are fantastic, as they transport you to new places whilst still in the comfort of your own home. Additionally, the VR headset allows you to experience your videos captured on the Gear 360 in a new immersive experience, and along with the Facebook Gear 360 app that allows you to watch yours and other uploaded videos in a new way. The gaming experience is fantastic for all. The gaming range varies covering a vast mix of games for kids to adults. The kids’ games aim to keep them entertained, educated and engaged for hours and allows the easy navigation through the game. The VR is simplistic and easy to use and to pick up on what is required to be done. The games for the older generations, offer experiences from driving simulation to shooting to puzzles and a variety and mix of the in-between. Keeping you as engaged for hours as it does with kids. Being a gamer and liking the simulation games, I really liked being in the driving seat and taking part in the racing games. The motion controller is so beneficial as it helps with the movement through the immersive gaming experiences if the movement around is restrictive. Furthermore, the VR headset can be connected to a TV via the smart view on the Samsung devices to a Samsung TV so what is happening on the headset can be witnessed by everyone in the room. Overall the VR headset is an amazing device that allows you to see videos and games in an immersive experience that would be a worthwhile investment for Samsung S6 and up users. The possibilities and potential are endless with the Samsung VR. Definitely Recommend!  
  • Excellent
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    This gadget is amazing! From the slick black packaging to the crisp black finish and comfortable design to the actual VR functioning! The image quality is second to none; clear and as if you’re enveloped in the image. A must have if you’re into gaming, watching HD sports or even just Netflix. The only negative is that it kills your phone battery.
  • Very good
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    Samsung Gear VR continues to be dominant force in virtual reality headsets.
    Completely black headset made of sturdy plastic. The padding meets your forehead and strong adjustment of straps make it way more comfier.
    the only con I see in this fabulous tech is that its lot heavier than google day dream view and obviously your experience using this tech depends on the smartphone you use and it can only be used with only 8 cellphones, which actually hurts.
    The actual addition to this version is sleek stylish black remote which makes it easier to operate.
    I think Samsung Gear VR has a potential for plenty of first-person shooter type games which I am looking forward to.
    In short, Samsung Gear VR seems unchallenged because its the best affordable virtual headset in market and I hope things will only go better with latest iteration of the headset.
    Conclusion: the Gear VR is a great platform for those who don’t want to invest in more expensive Virtual Reality techs.
  • Acceptable
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    I promised myself, I will test the Gear VR as an "everyday person" with normal exceptions. I don't want to much but at least enjoyable experiences. Let's started!

    Package:

    Massive black box with tons of Samsung pieces inside. Two different USB sockets to your phone plus one adaptor for charger, straps and an extra one to keep the remote controller in one place with the Gear VR when not in use.
    Batteries are included to the controller and a strap for your wrist.

    Assembly:

    Pretty straight forward, if you have a basic experiences it shouldn't be a problem. Just spend enough time to set the straps, well worth it later as can be uncomfortable to wear the Gear VR.

    Wear the gear:

    After the best and final adjustment it still uncomfortable for my nose. Maybe I have a bigger nose them normal, maybe my face is not big enough but I wasn't able to set the the straps and the foam line on the frame to get comfy, so I breath like Darth Vader.
    Sometimes you will start sweating behind the headset - it is really depends of the content you see - but if you keep getting brakes this can easily be prevented.

    Connect to VR:

    As I never had any experiences with VR, it was not too difficult to set up the Gear VR. Had some difficulties but if you use your reflexes can get out from any trap.
    So many new icons, apps and features. Need a few minutes to understand the Gear VR gallery is not equal with your phone gallery. Has own browser, YouTube etc, don't try to search any of your app from your phone, this is a separate device with own features.

    Controller:

    Almost perfect. Maybe just me, but I found illogical the place of two buttons, the home button on the right and the back button on the left hand side. If you have a look on your Samsung phone or even the side of the Gear VR you will find them opposite way. Doesn't need to say how many times I pushed the wrong button!
    The size of the controller is far to small for me. I can't use the big circle button and the trigger button at the same time. Additionally, the controller after a short period it slips out from my palm. Simply too small.

    Virtual world:

    Wow! It looks good! Floating windows, panorama view, controls everything with your lightsaber and many many new experiences! I was so excited and I spent three days in row on VR untill....

    The reality:

    ....I got bored. And annoyed.
    I was annoyed in the first place. All technical issues, starts from the phone heat up and shut the VR off quite often, or missing feature like can answer a phone call. The most negative side of the whole Gear VR is the resolution. I know, it's the phone, but some content are quite enjoyable, mostly games or the menu of apps, but most of the media, like online videos, any 360° videos or pictures are blurry, pixelated. So uncomfortable for your eyes, causing headache after a period of time.

    Summary:

    Samsung brings the expected quality and high tech but the quality content still not arrived yet for me.
  • Acceptable
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    Are Samsung dabbling in things they don't need to ...

    I'm not sure if theres a big fad with VR at the moment just like the 3D glasses phase with tvs etc. Samsung is surely pushing it though especially as you get one for free with their latest S8 phone too. First google was offering free cardboard goggles, then the Guardian paper sent me a free one also recently too. Clearly its more elegant having a branded 'Samsung' kit to show off though. How much better is it to a cardboard mock up is debatable.

    The 3D immersive experience is good, but is brilliant ONLY if you have one of those 4D moving seats with this VR set on.
    Whilst in Dubai, I went into the Samsung store, and they had the 4D seat and made me put on this VR. Watching a rollercoaster ride was fantastic as if I was really there. But sadly the normal consumer doesn't have a thousand pound seat in their living room. Consequentially, this piece of kit will entertain your family and amaze you for a week but then it'll sadly sit there just gathering dust.

    When you setup the VR on your phone, its quite overwhelming how many different apps it downloads - the samsung vr one, samsung internet vr, the oculus app etc. After setting it all up, you'd spend a while figuring out wheres what but with a hand controller controlled via your phones bluetooth. i was hoping from the VR a library of tours to see things around the world that'll I'd never see. Shamefully its hard to figure out wheres what easily in the numerous illogical libraries so you end up going through a load of videos which are almost like just little trailers but nothing actually noteworthy. There is a netflix app also but I'm not sure why anyone would use this to watch a film. Regardless of what you watch, your phone over heats greatly! and as a result a message will pop up after about 10-15 minutes use to say you have to turn this off to have a break (either for eye safety or because the phone might actually explode due to it being so hot). The content to view is of poor quality. Theres very little HD videos to watch and the content available is rubbish. There is a Disney app where you play around watching some stuff but its really just 'o thats cool isn't it' and you'll want to move on and never revisit.

    The VR is actually uncomfortable. You'll chuckle but I couldn't breath through my nose with this thing on as the weight of it presses on your nose so much, and if you're not looking through the correct part of the lenses, then it'll be blurry. Its only after I played around with all the straps that you can just about manage to ease the frontal weight. For me though I'd stick with the cardboard VR: its light, perfect to have a laugh and see things, and then you put it away. Otherwise, Samsungs VR really is an expensive toy which has a very short 'best before end'.
  • Perfect
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    For any newcomer to the VR market, the new Gear VR by Samsung and Oculus is a consumers best option and probably one of the most affordable. I've tried different VR goggles over recent times. From the ones that come delivered to me as a way of marketing, to ones I've actually bought including ones from the high-end spectrum. The Gear VR is definitely the most balanced from my experience.

    + For: Light, Comfortable, Price, Controller is intuitive, High quality and Easy to use.
    - Against: Only supports Samsung phones

    From my small summary of Fors and Against, with its only negative its limited support of only Samsung phones. I can confidently recommend it and say, if you do own one of the latest Samsung smartphones of 2 years, you lack much excuse in not owning one. If you don't, then it goes without saying the VR price goes up, however, you can argue with Samsung's strong dominance and ever growing power in the smartphone world, you'll be getting two gifts rather than one. With the new Gear VR, it comes paired with a motion controller and that only pushes its lead on its ranking in best phone accessories. The controller, like its headset, is very simple and intuitive to use. The set up procedure for both is relatively simple and once you start, you don't want to let either go. The Gear VR is lighter from its predecessors and more comfortable to wear.
  • Perfect
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    Opening my awaited delivery for this campaign I was really excited! The Samsung Gear VR headset is an amazing piece of kit. The headset was very easy and simple to set up. After installing the app onto my phone and pairing the control I was ready to go. The viewing experience is amazing with no light spilling into the picture. 'Out of the Box' there are many things you can jump straight into without having to download additional content. I tried out the meditation screens, exploration scenes and browse my gallery from my phone. It's as if you are at the cinema but surrounded in a different world! I downloaded 2 games one being a poker game and another flying/shooting game. Both gave an amazing experience. Controlling the characters movement by simply moving your head and controller gave a almost lifelike reaction. I am really impressed with this headset and there are many many more things you can do with them. One of the good things was being able to view my 360 videos and pictures taken on the gear 360 on the headset and relive them over and over. The only drawback I have is that my phone heated up considerably after use. However this did not effect performance of game play. Highly recommended product. 10/10
  • Very good
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    Once you setup the app on your phone and calibrate the controller, the Oculus Home app can show you in minutes some applications to start enjoy your VR experiences. Not just apps and games, but the entire web browser experience has been upgraded and you can interact in a more natural way with the controller, compared to last year’s model.

    The VR controller is made out of a smooth black plastic which gives it a premium feel and the trigger and buttons position is really smart and comfortable to use.
    And this is the biggest reason to be excited when it comes with interacting with the VR world, because it opens new opportunities in games, where previously the user was limited about using the touch control on the side of the visor. The motion tracking, when properly calibrated, works well and responds quickly.

    Clearly the lenses of the VR don’t allow for a crystal clear quality of content yet, but it’s a really decent experience, and an inexpensive way to get into virtual reality.

    I would recommend trying this out if possible and make your own decision depending on how often you plan to use it!
  • Decent
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    I don’t want to be unfair in my review of the Gear VR, so want to preface my review by saying I may have had expectations that were higher than they should have been. I’ve watched some VR features in the past, but on professional level devices (not run via phones). This may have led to my let down when using this device. The device itself feels sturdy, like it won’t break easily. It is very easy to assemble and comfortable to wear. The padding around the eyes means you don’t end up with lines all over your face after a session. The controls are straightforward and personally I found the touch pad on the side of the device easier to use than the remote hand control which seems to wander off on its own. Despite having perfect vision and constantly readjusting the focus, I never felt like I got a truly clear picture, particularly when watching videos. I found one video which I did feel very immersed in called “Fistful of Stars” where you are in outer space – that was pretty impressive! Other videos, such as “Epic Rollercoasters” left me feeling nauseous because of the poor quality, but I think this is down to the video creators rather than the VR headset. My two main annoyances were overheating and connection problems. I’d say that 50% of the time when I tried to connect, it wouldn’t work, and I would have to take it off and start again. I seem to only be able to use it for a maximum of 10 minutes before I get a message on screen saying it needs to cool down, which is very disruptive. Overall, I don’t think this is something I would really use much, though it certainly is an interesting way to interact with videos in a more immersive way.
  • Perfect
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    Samsung remained faithful to the design line of its predecessors so you won’t see any radical changes in this 2017 model. It still has its Sifi-look with an all plastic design. There is no longer a cover that goes over the phone in the front. It is a strange decision from Samsung and does make the design look unfinished, with your attention drawn to the back of the phone when its there.

    When it comes to comfort, there really isn’t anything to complain about, although I would recommend using the overhead strap supplied as it really prevents the headset from drooping too much.

    The main new feature is the new companion controller. This one is far better ranged and designed when compared to the controller found in the google day dream view. Firstly there is a trigger found in front which makes it feel more natural when it comes to firing weapons in a game, hence adding to the immersion. There is also a touch sensitive pad which offers additional functionality, but also acts as another button when its pressed down. Although I wished it came with a rechargeable battery or a better way to tuck it away. It does come with a little attachment which allows it to stay on the strap but can look a bit out of place.

    The new Samsung Gear VR supports ALL of Samsung’s Flagship phones, going far back to the S6 line. Once the phone is in place, the occulus gear VR app automatically launches and guides you to connecting the controller. Using a galaxy S8, the display lenses allow for 101 Degree viewing, so it never really feels too narrow. You would want to setup the S8 display to WQHD plus resolution which is 2960 X 1440 Pixels, just so you can ensure you get the best possible picture. However, this doesn’t change the overall experience. There is still no special tracking here, so you are still sitting and looking around. But that is what to be expected when talking about mobile VR for now.

    The response to heavy head movement is always perfect and can easily keep up. Its tethered in a way that the controller cant be tracked independently in space but again to be expected with the current technology of mobile VR. For those with the old Gear VR, you can still pick up a controller separately for a good price.

    Conclusion:

    In its current iteration the Samsung Gear VR offers consumers one of the richest mobile VR experiences out there. The addition of the controller is a logical decision, although not game changing, still a very welcomed improvement to the overall experience.
  • Perfect
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    The Samsung Gear VR is excellent fun! You are in the action and can turn around and see the whole realm of the story. The headset itself looks sleek in black and is comfortable to wear. There’s plenty of padding where the headset meets your forehead, and the strong selection of straps, one around and one over the top of your head, keeps it firmly in place. It has a wider field of view compared to older models which gives users a bigger sense of immersion. Unlike the older model this one is designed way better so people like me who wear my glasses can use this in comfort with glasses on. It has a USB-C connector but also comes with a Micro USB adaptor making it backwards-compatible with older Samsung phones.

    It comes with a wand-like controller which I absolutely love. It's a game changer for Gear VR not only for the game but also for navigation through the main menu. It's much easier and comfortable to just use a controller instead of trying to sweat the touchpad on your head which can be frustrating, but having a physical remote that you can point and twirl remedies this issue completely. Like the headset, the remote is sleek, black and packs alot of functionality. There’s a responsive touchpad on the top, along with Home and Back buttons above a volume rocker. Flip it over and there’s a port for charging and a rear trigger that should come in handy in more action-orientated titles. I found it responded accurately to my actions and felt intuitive to use. It's a must have companion for Gear VR.

    When you dock your phone for the first time, the headset will give you an onscreen prompt to take the phone back out again and install the relevant software. There are loads of awesome apps and games both free and for purchase. Everyday I find something new to check out. If you own a Samsung Gear 360 camera, the Gear VR let's you view your own content in a whole different way. I find myself viewing my videos multiple times and noticing new things that I missed before. All the moments I missed because I weren’t facing the right direction, I now get to see it all. NetflixVR is one of my favourite, it creates your very own virtual reality living room. You’re sitting on a big red sofa with a huge TV screen in front of you, and if you turn to your left you’ve got a panorama view of snowy mountains through the window. Watching a movie or TV show on Netflix is awesome, whenever I go on a journey now whether its in a car, train or plane I always take my Gear VR.
  • Perfect
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    First, we have to talk about the build quality of the device itself. The key difference here is the fact that this device comes with modular connector mechanism which allows you to interchange the connections from USB, USB type C or possibly other standards, by swapping the connection module. Also the phone slot is adjustable to accommodate phones of different sizes. The construction is plastic, obviously to keep weight and price low, but it comes with a good portion of cushion to deliver paralleled comfort. The lenses have a focus adjusting wheel which is much welcome especially for us who wear glasses. Now we do not need to wear the headset over our spectacles. Another stroke of genius is the inclusion of on-board controls. You can control playback, menus etc even without the separate controller. this is especially useful in cases where one loses, misplaces or simply do not have the Bluetooth controller. The controller itself is a well made product, fitting snugly in the hand, well, placed buttons with a pistol trigger like button which works as the OK/Select button. The fact that you can also recenter it or modify its default aiming direction means it can be used by people with different handicaps or natural hand orientation. Now we have to talk about the operation itself. Its comforting to know that one does not need to be a tech guru to operate this headset. Everything is straightforward. The key thing is that you only have to slot your phone in, and the VR software/platform spring into life. Just slot you Samsung phone into the glasses, and make sure the connector is firmly connected to the phone, and the Oculus system will automatically start.
  • Very good
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    I have tried a few different VR googles over the last couple of years and these Samsung Gear VR ones are one of the best. They have been the best for clarity and comfort. Easy to set up and get going. In built controls and a bluetooth controller helps out a lot. Straight out the professional box they look great, well designed and look premium. After setting up the strap and installing the phone i was ready to try in minutes. I found them comfortable and a lot lighter than other headsets. The connection to the phone by micro usb allowed for a lot more control of the device than other models. I was able to easy move between content and control the sound and other features. If anything i would say to concentrate on the sound for future releases. I ended up using my bluetooth earphones for the fully immersive experience. Using the gear VR with my gear 360 i was able to get right into my videos. Felt a little uncomfortable at first but got into it after a while. Bright clear pictures, i tried the same phone and content on my other cheaper goggles and the difference was dramatic in picture quality. I found some great apps to use and some fun games on the play store to get a really good use of the goggles. I think these are a great addition to a samsung phone and you don't need a 3rd party headset or even some of the expensive versions out there. Would be better if they could increase the compatibility of the goggles to also include more phones, especially of different makes than just samsung, but thats as i different phones in our house from Android to IOS. Only our samsung phone fitted in the gear VR. Overal a great head set and i think the quality is brilliant. Improve the sound quality and this is a winner!
  • Very good
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    I had never ever experienced a VR headset before and if I am honest did not expect it to amount to much. How was I wrong. My first hour using it was amazing, I loved how I could explore under the ocean, ride a gondala through venice, and due to feeling a bit of motion sickness i had to come off the rollercoaster. That's is how real life it is. This mode is the latest 2017 one on first taking it out of the box it was so easy to use. The eyemask looks cumbersome but once on it is very comfortable. There is plenty of padding around the eyes so it sits nicely. All the straps are adjustable and my Samsung s7 once out of its cover just clipped in with ease. The relevant apps also just automatically start once the phone is loaded. The glass itself is made by oculus (I believe they make binolculas) and they are adjusted similarly by the wheel in the middle. I had no problem adjusting to a clear view although my husband's eyesight he always said it was blurry. I liked the side touch control as for me it was easier than the controller which kept needing set up and aligned. However for a gamer the hand held controller would be easier. I found that I would used the headset for about 1 hour before my phone would overheat and suggest a break, that said that was enough time for me too and it can get a little too much spinning around. I loved been giving the opportunity to try this and my friends and family also enjoyed it. It was good to see pictures from the 360 camera played back on it. Fun to watch the wide selection of vr movies and just the mode of escapism where you could choose any background of environment. One mode you could sit at the movies and watch your own videos. For me the plus points were :- comfort, fantasy world, ease of option and the negatives were you phone heated up and the controller kept needing set each time. Great piece of kit. Love to be a child again :-)
  • Perfect
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    In the interests of openess, I recieved my Gear VR at a reduced price in return for reviewing the device

    I must admit to being a bit of a cynic with the whole VR thing. I consider it to be very much a 'let's do something cos we can'. I've used the Gear VR now for several days now and had great fun - and plenty of motion sickness! It is BRILLIANT fun. I have particularly enjoyed the horror themed VR games that are about for Halloween and more aptly, enjoyed watching others (my wife!) use them. Her reaction - especially when she's aware that something is 'behind her' was a sight to behold. I was going to film her, but she's refusing to do again! You should definitely use headphones to complete the immersive feel otherwise, you are only getting half of the effect. I'm still in the mindset that it's a case of 'lets do it cos we can' without any *real* application behind it as yet, but isn't that how all great innovations have happened. For what it is and the fun you can have, I'd say , for the cost, it's well worth it. Marvellous fun. Oh.... and the headset is remarkably comfortable to wear once you have adjusted the straps to fit your head correctly.
  • Excellent
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    Having owned and loved the 2016 model GearVR, I was excited to try out the new 2017 model with its wireless motion controller.
    Upon unboxing, the actual gear VR is very similar to the previous model, ever so slightly larger to accommodate samsungs latest phones, but as I was throwing my trusty S7 ege into it this didn’t matter to me. The differences in shape are marginal, and the new model feels just as comfortable on my face as the 2016 model did. While the 2017 model boasts a slightly wider viewing angle, again the differences are subtle and not really noticeable in casual use.
    The Oculus interface is immersive and the head tracking is really smooth. There are a wide variety of apps and 360 films to keep entertained by. tTe absolute game changer with the new model is the inclusion of the motion controller. The previous model had to be controlled via buttons on the side of the unit, or by third party controllers (which I came close to buying several times). The motion controller takes the GearVR to the next level, making it much more easy and intuitive to navigate the menus and play the games. My friend and I started playing “Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes”, having played it previously without a dedicated controller, and it made the game so much easier to play, made me wish I had picked up a controller months ago.
  • Perfect
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    As you open the box you have the usual this "looks amazing" moment from Samsung they always manage to make you feel that you own a premium product. So goggles out f the box, head-strap attached (very simple to do) connect phone......message displayed.....disconnect phone and download app. A minute or two later and away you go all frustrating thoughts about app download forgotten! First thoughts this is awesome! The goggles themselves are easy to use and feel great, even with your phone attached there is no real weight to them. I have used a Galaxy S6 and S7 with them and the picture quality improves a fair bit between the two phones, can't wait to try the S8 when i upgrade next month! There is very little light leakage with either phone which really helps with the immersive feeling. I am amazed at how much i have used them the interface is really good and they are great for viewing your own photos and videos as well downloading /streaming from the net. The biggest issue i have had with them is wrestling them back from my boys! There is a remote included in the box which works really well and helps in games, but the controls on the side of the goggles are very easy to use when you are browsing or watching a video or movie. The whole experience is great fun and I would happily recommend them to anyone who has a Samsung smart phone (S6 to S8) the only slight issue I have (and only time will tell) is the S6 gets very, very hot to touch when used with the goggles. Even prompting a warning message screen to interrupt me viewing photos warning about overheating the phone. This is without the cover being attached as well. Hopefully this issue is resolved with the latest handsets. Overall this has been an amazing piece of kit and i can't wait to see what Samsung do with it next, VR is finally here.........now can't wait for a full on goggles version of AR!
  • Perfect
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    I have used some of the cheaper VR headsets on Amazon and did not expect this to be much better, however, this is phenomenal! The cheaper ones tend to have high latency which means that when you look some where, the screen lags behind quite a bit, this can be quite off putting. This headset does not have any of that with the screen perfectly synched up. The apps and games on this are also much better with a more finished feel to them compared to the ones available on app stores. Having a controller is also great with it being a lot easier to interact with the menus rather than just looking at the options. One thing that I was especially impressed with was the pad on the side of the headset, you can use a small trackpad to interact with menus and games even if you don't have the controller and it works just like a laptop trackpad with the ability to swipe and click. I have been using this with the gear 360 and its brilliant, I have been taking photos with the gear 360 in scenic places and can then show my friends and family the sights without having to take them. This could work really well for holidays that are picturesque. Overall I would recommend it as it is well worth the money and will get a lot of use.
  • Very good
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    Samsung Gear VR 2017 is not that different from the previous device, the major difference is that this one is compatible with micro USB and USB-C smartphones. Samsung Gear VR is a device capable of take you to a trip around the world (or even the galaxy) without leaving the confort of your house! From landmarks to the most famous places on earth, is almost like you are there in flesh and bone, just missing the smell (maybe a feature for future devices lol). Games is also a fantastic experience, and with a huge library with options for all kind of personal preferences! The headset is very confortable to use, and the provided remote control helps to create a very intuitive and imersive experience! I suggest the use of quality headphones. The negative issue I found is the dizziness caused in some experiences like rollercoasters.
  • Excellent
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    Gear VR - the peoples choice of VR?

    With the Gear VR headset Samsung has hit a sweetspot, where even with limiting its use with certain samsung phones, it has become widely accessed by a range of people. Some of this is due to its relatively low price, being bundled free with new phones and also due to its creating an ecosystem which allows novice users to find compelling content easily, but keeps adding new experiences for the regular users. If youve used a ‘cardboard’ vr viewer the Gear VR will be a noticeably better experience(note that cardboard content is much more common, however variable in quality),whereas ‘high end’ Vr users will find it doesnt match up to what they are used to, but at less than a quarter of the price its more than a quarter of the quality. The addition of the remote is a game changer, in that the most difficult aspect of the headset before was navigating with the controls on the side of the unit. The new remote appears in Vr and makes it so much easier to point, select and scroll. VR is an exciting and fast moving medium, and I think the Gear VR offers entry level users a suprisingly high quality experience, and mid range users a deeper and evolving ecosystem to explore. A final note for context- I work in the NHS and we’ve used these headsets to pioneer taking potential healthcare workers of tomorrow into previously inaccessible clinical areas to give a taste of what life is like on the NHS front line. This is important as opportunities like this are rare, and the Gear VR allows us to do this relatively cheaply and at a quality which has inspired many people into NHS careers. In summary, this is a great headset, punches above its weight in its abilty to immerse the user, and should be tried by anyone remotely interested in technology or the ability to experience a different point of view.
  • Decent
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    I have liked Samsung products for a long time and I was excited to get this. The box looked high end and so did the Gear VR when I opened it. I couldn't wait to get into and use it for the first time. I had always wanted one so I was like a kid at Christmas. Then reality hit and I had to download about 3 different apps that all took up more storage than I have ever seen in 1 app. Eventually I was ready to go all I had to do was slide my phone in, another part that wasn't a straight forward as I would have liked. First you have to swap the attachment that goes into your phone then you have to push and slide a button over (for my S6). I opened the app and finally got it connected to the Gear VR. Straight away I noticed the text was blurry and with all the adjusting in the world it wasn't getting any better. Apart from the words the quality was amazing, so impressive. I connected the controller that fits nicely in your hand and started navigating through the menu. I went under the sea and on roller coasters and I was impressed. One thing I did notice is that you have to keep re-aligning the controller to point it where you want it to. It is easy to do but just a bit of a downside. Navigating through the options is very easy and because you have a wide view it is all there for you to see. I read the instructions and noticed that it can make you feel a bit disorientated and I don't normally get affected by things but after this I felt a bit lightheaded and my eyes just felt a bit strained. I'm glad I mainly used it in the evening when I didn't have to drive. After trying the array of pre-loaded games and experiences I wanted to see what my own pictures and videos looked like on it. So I loaded them up and put on the headset, which I must also add is very comfy. Now I don't know if this is a problem with my eyes but I couldn't see one picture it was like 2 pictures on top of each other. If I closed one eye I could see one thing and if I closed the other I could see something else. This was very disappointing. All in all it is a good piece of kit but it just doesn't work how I would like it to which is a shame. Pro's: Looks good and feels comfy when it's on your head. The controller fits nicely in your hand. The menu is very easy to navigate. There is plenty of content. Cons: Takes up a lot of phone memory, can make you feel a bit light headed, doesn't work very well with pictures taken with the Gear 360, awkward to have to swap parts on it for your phone.
  • Excellent
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    Makes everything look so realistic and brings it to life
  • Very good
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    Expectation vs Virtual Reality

    PROS- *Comfortable to wear *Surprisingly light for such a large item * Affordable introduction to Virtual Reality for Samsung owners CONS- *Phone runs extremely hot after use *Lacks motion tracking capabilities of other VR headsets * Doesn't seem to be integrated properly with Gear 360 * Controller often seems to misalign For anyone with a Samsung phone looking to jump into a world of Virtual reality, the Gear VR is for you! First and foremost, I must stress this is an accessory for a phone. The phone does the hard work and the headset is not really much more than a viewfinder. That said, I’m underselling the experience because it’s like entering another world when you’re experiencing what the VR has to offer! Aesthetically, considering the bulky appearance of this headset it feels extremely comfortable to wear and is relatively light weight. Air holes dotted around the mask help your face breathe (Possibly due combat the problem of mist steaming up on your phone screen when the Gear VR is in use?) and touch controls on the side to help navigate around the screens. Unless you read the manual you may not realise the Gear VR can be controlled in such ways as there are very few clues to see or feel for when trying to use this control method. Instead, the focus has shifted to the nifty little controller. The remote control is fun to use and adds a new element of control to the experience- hand gestures and clicks from the pointer now add easier control methods and things like the trigger button on the back probably give a new gameplay element to things like shooting games (Something I still need to try). That said, it didn’t always seem to work properly and the control felt like it often needed re-calibrating making it counter-intuitive. Samsung has partnered with Oculus to deliver the VR experience, by plugging your phone into the VR you’re instantly transported into a virtual world. Though the Oculus offerings are rich with content and generally fun to use it’s very much a standalone experience. I was disappointed that my Gear 360 camera didn’t appear to have any support/integration. Given the nature of the headset it lacks cameras for motion tracking that other current VR headsets have so in terms of experience I feel as though there is more that can be achieved with VR than what is on offer here. The Gear VR is a really nice introduction to Virtual Reality but one where the novelty factor will wear off quickly.
  • Very good
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    Other than virtual reality rides etc I had never had the chance to try out a VR headset until this fantastic piece of kit came through the door courtesy of #theinsidersuk and Samsung #InsidersGearVR. I was immediately impressed with the quality of the packaging, Samsung have decided that all of their gear is packed into the same black styled boxes which affords great protection but also a degree of quality recognition. Having unpacked the headset I set about trying to install my Galaxy S7 edge into the equipment. Initially, having been a man and not taking proper time to read the instructions, I couldn’t understand why it wouldn’t fit, but then realised that the headset comes with 2 different phone connectors, one for the newer S8’s and the micro usb connector for my old fashioned S7. Eventually I plugged it all in and then had to wait for quite a while in order to download and install the software onto my phone. This is quite an install and then once completed you will establish that it isn’t the end of your data and memory usage! I highly recommend that you don’t try installing this without Wi-Fi. OK, so everything finalised and I tried it out for the first time, my very first rollercoaster ride in my kitchen! WOW! Ok so it was a computer-generated ride but the thrill was definitely real. You get the feeling that you are swaying and rolling, twisting and turning and you can look in every direction for more detail or experience. Brilliant. I later tried out 360 videos, 360 role play games and even wide screen 300” movies. In my opinion the games are a little short and each episode usually involves a wait while you download (or delete space on your phone to fit more information on it). Using the headset for more than about 30 minutes continuously causes the phone to overheat and you then get a message telling you to allow it time to cool down and obviously it does hit your battery! This can be overcome somewhat by the external charging port on the headset. Sound comes from your phone directly, but to improve the 360 feeling, most apps suggest the use of earphones, which does give an excellent feeling of enclosure, especially during the scary horror type apps. You can see your phone notifications highlighted on the bottom of your view but as far as I can tell so far, you cannot interact with your ‘real life’ apps and messages from with the VR headset world. It is great fun and good to see others using it, especially for their first time and seeing their reactions, but being a spectator has its timespan. It is a shame that you can’t somehow connect two or more together to have a joint experience, which could be hilarious. The controller is a good addition and gives control of your actions and interaction with the apps. My only gripe is that no matter how many times you realign the pointer, it never seems to actually point precisely where you want it to! This headset has definitely been a fantastic introduction to VR and I am considering a second purchase to use with my games console in the future, it’s a shame they cannot somehow become compatible! Thanks Samsung for another great piece of kit.. looking forward to getting it on the oldies at Christmas for a good laugh.
  • Excellent
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    Fulfilled dreams of a virtual world

    This is a perfect device to complement your home entertainment center. Recorded 360 degree movies are getting better quality. They can provide the user experience from different places in the world, but also from the created reality, eg by the creators of the application. Gear VR combined with a compatible Samsung smartphone will be the best choice for watching movies, music videos and photos. It is on these levels that the user has access to a range of materials that will make him stuck for long hours in virtual reality. As a curiosity, the ability to record material via a Samsung camera - Gear 360 (2017). Then the user can record movies and photos to play on the set (smartphone + goggles) and relive, for example, holiday moments.

    Pros:

    - Convenient to use - The device adheres to the face well, it is not too heavy
    - Extensive, full details and color interfaces
    - Apps with 360 degree video and music libraries
    - Ability to simultaneously play online with friends
    - Watch movies recorded with Samsung Gear 360 camcorder
    - Controller supplied with the set
    - Smooth image without delays - both while navigating through the interface, like using Oculus store resources
    - More and more games and games available in dedicated stores

    Minuses:

    - Samsung Galaxy S8+ is extremely hot when using Gear VR
    - The fully charged Galaxy S8+ battery is enough for about 4 hours of goggle usage
    - Play Store resources are not available while using Gear VR
  • Perfect
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    The Samsung Gear VR 2017 with controller is the best mobile VR at the moment. In the box the headset is well presented with a small box for the accessories. Although thin plastic, the packaging could very well be used as a display stand.

    Setting up the VR is quite straightforward. I originally put the back strap on the wrong way around, but it was easily swapped over. I'd recommend using the overhead strap for extra comfort although not entirely necessary. The controller comes with 2 AAA batteries and so far I'm very impressed with the battery life.

    Initially you have to dock your phone, either with the already installed USB type C connector, or swap it for the micro USB in the accessory box. Upon docking, the VR apps will install. Setting up an oculus account was a bit troublesome for me as I linked my Facebook and signed up with a different email.

    Once everything is done you have to set up the controller by doing figures of eight and setting it down on a flat surface.

    The menu system is fantastic, it's as if you are in a room with a futuristic HUD in front of you. You can change your surroundings but the original, I found, was best. On the right side is your friends list where you can invite to parties to chat or play games together.

    The controller is very comfortable and it feels very natural to press the trigger or use the touchpad. The controller would often drift off centre sometimes, but holding the home button will recenter it. Easy.

    There's a wide range of games available, but be prepared to pay for the good ones. A small selection of free games and apps are available and are satisfying for sometime, but ultimately the ones with longer playtime are pay to play. Not a big problem though, just watch the trailers and read the reviews to find the right game or app for you.

    Because you are using your phone so close to your face, clarity is not the best at times. I was often able to see each individual pixel, but once I got into the motion of playing games the pixels were not noticeable. There's a lot of bleeding around text, but you can read very clearly when the focus is right.

    Average playtime before any fatigue was about 1 hour. Certain apps draw more power from your phone than others, causing faster battery drain and your phone to get hot. To combat this you can easily plug your charger into the VR and the phone with draw power from both itself and the charger.

    The only major downside, which is to be expected from a mobile phone VR, is motion tracking. To be able to bend down or lean forward to get a better view of something, or even dodge something in game, would make a world of difference. But at the moment, all movement is done with the controller. This doesn't take away from the immersion though, as a complete 360° view is obviously possible.

    Overall, for a budget VR experience, I would very well recommend this product to anyone interested in taking a dabble. I say budget in the sense of the price of other fully immersive VR sets with controllers are quite high. At a fraction of the price, this headet WITH controller (the controller really does make a big difference coming from generic "cardboard" VR) can compete with the higher end VR headsets.
  • Excellent
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    Having had the original Gear VR I knew what to expect but was looking forward to using it with the Bluetooth remote! The Gear VR is easy to setup and use and the remote makes things a lot more fun and interesting. The device in much improved on the original VR headset; Samsung have made it more comfortable and it looks better in all black as well! Again, 100% recommendation from me!
  • Excellent
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    Excellent headset. The device is easy to setup and simple to use. The controller makes navigation and interaction effortless with a wide range of games and other apps to choose from. Once you get immersed in VR watching a movie in a personal cinema, doing some fishing or exploring different parts of the planet, you almost forget you're wearing a virtual reality headset. It's comfortable enough with easily adjustable straps and you don't really notice you're wearing it after a little while. Overall, it's a fun experience and very good for it's price range. I've tried the cheap headsets before that you can get pretty much everywhere and while they're good for what they are, this is far superior and having a dedicated app store specifically for the headset means you know whatever you're using will work with it. Cheaper ones can be a nightmare to get into focus but I've found this one is so easy with just a turn of the dial. I normally wear glasses but I've found there's no need to have them on with this. The phone's pixels are visible if you look closely, even on the high resolution of the s8 or s8+ but they're hardly noticeable when you're actually busy using it so it's not a problem as such. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with a compatible phone who is interested in VR.
  • Excellent
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    Wow wow wow The Gear VR has been a real eye opener. The quality of the VR experience and the fun factor of viewing your own 360 video should not be underestimated. What really suprised me is the new way of viewing other content that is not 360. With the VR on you can view your plain old 2D pictures in 360 mode, this is amazing. Imagine a massive print, rolled into a tube and you are standing in the middle, I had no idea that this would be so immersive. If I were to identify a negative it would be that its only really suitable for use in short bursts, its not terribly sociable but it is truly amazing. My S6 does tend to overheat and boy does it use power - but its such fun.
  • Excellent
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    I have read about Virtual Reality products in the past and I have always been a bit sceptical about the idea if i'm honest. I thought it just seemed like a gimmick that wouldn't be successful like 3D TV's a few years ago. When I had the chance to try out the Samsung Gear VR I thought now was my chance to see if I was right or wrong about VR. The first thing you notice when unboxing the Gear VR is how well made and sturdy it feels, and once you start wearing it you will be surprised that despite it being quite heavy it is rather comfortable. It has an adjustable strap and a remote which you use to control your VR world. The first thing you need to do is download the Samsung VR app on your phone, then you just place your phone in the holder of the headset and you're good to go. If you're like me and haven't experienced VR before it can seem a little weird at first, but when you realise the vast array of VR content that's available you soon discover how much fun it can be. Whether you want to play VR games, watch movies or browse the web there's plenty on offer. I especially liked the Netflix option which makes you feel like you're in a cinema watching the film. I would recommend using headphones for that truly immersive experience. I have had several hours of use out of the Samsung Gear VR and have had friends and family use it and everyone is blown away at how good this thing is. It's comfortable, has a vast array of content and is truly immersive. If you are looking for a VR headset I would have no hesitation in recommending the Samsung Gear VR
  • Very good
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    I was super excited to get my hands on the new Samsung Galaxy VR Headset with Controller. It has been a few years since the concept of VR hit the market and there has been sufficent time to get VR content online and devlopers to iron out issues. Unboxing The VR Headset comes in typiclly Samsung packaging made from card, emblazoned with the Galaxy typeface and a nimble carry hook on the top. Inside the box is a plactic tray holding the headset and another small box containing the controller. There is also a wrist stap for the controller, two straps for the headset, a nifty loop for soring the controller with the headset, a bunch of adaptors for other connectors and 2 AAA batteries for the remote. Setup Attaching the various components and straps to the headset is a simple easy job as is connecting the controller vis bluetooth. When liading the phone into the headset it can be a tad annoying removing the phone time after time to install the apps and changing various setting on the phone such as powersaving mode and screen quality but the process is clear and simple. Once everything is installed, there is a nifty focal gauge on the headset allowing you to adjust the clarity of the images. All in all this whole process takes minutes though. Using VR There is a wealth of Apps available on the market but only a small section are priced resonably and the majority of free ones have additional paid content. That aside, the Samsung VR headset is a fully immersive piece of kit that fools your mind and body into thinking it is somewhere else. you want to pick things up that you see and touch things around you. there are buttons on the headset which would be used if you didn't have the remote. The remote makes the use of this headset even easier without having to find and press the correct button on the side. Navigation around the Oculus menu is simply look and click. The prolonged use of VR can become nauseous and you are forced to take a welcome break as the headset and apps are a drain on your battery although there is a slot to plug a charger in whilst using VR. Overview An impressive upgrade from Samsung with all the quality you expect a Samsung product to deliver. I can't help but feel this is a novelty unless you are prepared to pay for VR apps, in which case, this becomes a fun, interactive source of entertainment. Pros - Fully immersive - Ergonomic and comfortable - Easy to use Cons - Costly Apps - Nauseous with long use - Battery draining
  • Excellent
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    The Samsung VR set provides an extraordinary immersive experience whilst being comfortable seated at home. At first, one must get used to the VR and safety precautions to take sothat one doesn't get hurt reacting to the Virtual Reality experience. The experience is so immersive that we no more get the sense of the real space around us. Be sure to be in a safe place, seated on a sofa and not be too close to someone, as I have seen reactions of jumping and hands going randomly at any direction. There is a multitude of VR videos online and the one that was a particular first favourite was the Epic roller coaster. It was great to see how my friends and family react to the video with a very surprising ending in the video. It is worth having a go. I have also experienced nauseating effects using the Samsung VR, if used for prolonged time or whilst watching videos that had loads of strobe lights. The Samsung VR in itself is comfortable and light enough. It sits very well and is balanced all around with the straps. There is no exterior light pollution that affects the Virtual Reality Experience. The remote is easy to use and in particular while playing games and making selections. However, I find it easier to make selections using the touch pad on the Samsung Virtual Reality set itself. The Samsung Virtual Reality set helps you get the immersive experience through the Virtual reality videos you can find on the internet but also from the 360degrees video you film with the 360 Samsung camera. I particularly enjoy the virtual reality videos you have in the market.The best to try first was of course the epic roller coaster, but you can also develop public speaking skills with the immersive experience of giving a speech in an auditorium. I also experienced meditation with very relaxing videos that took me away to tropical islands, on a beach with the sea waves gently hitting the shore. Well the richness of the videos makes the experience worth it. The Samsung VR in itself is designed to just fit in, make you comfortable and help you forget about it during the virtual reality experience.
  • Very good
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    I got the Gear VR when I bought my Galaxy Note 7 and used it for a few things but failed to get the most out of it as I didn't have a remote to use with it. So now having a Samsung S8 and the new VR with the remote I thought I'd give the VR thing another go. It's a great idea but there is limit content available at a reasonable cost. I watched a few of the videos and some of the simulations available on both the Oculus store and the Samsung VR app and the quality and clarity is great. The headset it slightly on the large side, as was the previous iteration, and often slips down the nose unless the headset is secure tightly which can sometime become uncomfortable, the headstrap has changed since the last version which seems to make it more comfortable that the last version. The remote took a while to calibrate and often points in the wrong direction if not held upon start-up but this might be more of a user error than a hardware issue. I think once more content become readily available and the capability of the systems become more advanced these headsets will be used more frequently but for now it still seems a little gimmicky for me and therefore often remains on the shelf. I personally find the motion too disorienting so there aren't many apps or downloadable content for me to enjoy other than Netflix which is often better viewed on the main TV. Pros: Lightweight Easy to use Remote improves functionality Cons: Limited free apps Can become disorienting Data and battery strain if not plugged in
  • Excellent
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    I have had some experience with a sort of VR headset made of cardboard where you slot your phone in the front and get a fairly decent VR experience, but the Samsung VR Headset takes things to another level and then some. It's practically plug and play, download the odd app (something everyone should be used to), slot in your phone and away you go. I like how the Samsung VR comes with a nifty converter so it'll accomodate my Galaxy S6. It'll take the Galaxty Plus models too. The hand controller that comes with the Gear VR is totally cool. The previous VR headsets I have tried required a press of a button on the side of headset in order to make a selection, but have a controller in the hand with a button to press makes life to much easier. I have to confess though, although we watched some videos shot on the Gear 360 I've mainly been playing FPS games. Although the games don't look out of this world they are very immersive and the handset is used a trigger. Games seem to be too focused on graphics these days and it's nice to have something rewarding to play. I honestly can't think of any cons with the Gear VR, this is the way tech is going and Samsung have done a really good job.
  • Very good
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    On unpacking The Samsung Gear VR, I could see it was well made, the soft surround of the gear VR is nice and wide and was easy to fit on my face, was very comfortable. It fitted over my glasses with ease, unless you have very large glasses you should have no trouble. Down load the latest Gear VR app. On fitting my Galaxy Note8 which simply slots in and is clamped in. When connected properly it bleeps and powers up. Samsung have made the setting up very easy. You are then in a VR room adjust the focus the look round up down etc. Now this where the controller comes in it works like a laser pointer and is a must have, makes it easy to select what you want. The quality of the display is good and sharp. This represents very good value for £119 or less and is an excellent introduction into VR with 1000s of apps, film, games, videos some free some paid for. Try the roller coaster, you feel like you are on it. Takes games to a whole new level. You can also put your pictures on it and it works very well with the Samsung Gear 360 camera. Best of all if you get a samsungS8 you can get a free Gear VR until November 2nd, 2017
  • Excellent
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    It is fascinating how this VR handset can be entertaining, you could spend an entire evening without even noticing the time going by so quickly.
    The software creates an interesting side world, where you can easily close yourself in, away from the real world. Samsung put on a good media offer, with a good mix of social media, games and shows. What amazed me most was the possibility of being enveloped into the events happening around us. I do not find the device suitable for a comfortable night on the couch. To enjoy the experience you have to be able to move in the space around you (be sure you are in a safe environment, without sharp corners, although the device gives you the possibility to look around you, in the real world, without taking off the handset). You can be on the stage with Chris Martin during a Coldplay concert, with such a stunning feeling that you’ll stretch your arms out trying to touch him. The tv series, although with some review necessary, are a new funny experience, you will feel included in the plot, somehow. You definitely cannot watch a 360 show standing still on the couch, you will need to revolution completely, if you want to see what’s happening. There is a lot of potential there, and a large margin for improvement.
    Fun is browsing the internet with it. It gives you a weird sense of being somewhere else. It is a shame that the virtual environment of the Home is not very customizable. With an improvement, it could give a better experience to the user, who could decide his favourite place and use it as a refuge when relax is needed. You never have the feeling of being in a limited world, there is always something to watch, and with the 360 features of YouTube and Facebook, you have hours and hours of videos and images. It is cool the app to browse the media in your device, it is a nice way to look at your picture, even though not 360 but normal pictures, you still feel included in this amazing multimedial and coloured 3d world, and you still think that you are somewhere else.

    There is a good selection of app, and the general environment is quite realistic and comfortable. With the help of the controller, you have the feeling of being a futuristic world, swiping the object as Tom Cruise in Minority Report, which is, in my opinion, quite a nice and comfortable feeling. The experience of use is generally good, although the resolution of the image is not perfect. The controller is really well designed, comfortable to keep in the hand and intuitive to use. It gives access to the menus, and can be used as trigger or pointer, although not always precise and needs to be set again, from time to time. Generally, it works alright.
    The headset is not entirely comfortably to wear, even though the fixing system may be adapted to suit the head of the one who wear it quite effectively. Its weight does not allow an extended use without discomfort. The gasket around the nose, do not seal the mask properly (at least for a medium-size woman nose like mine) and some time I experienced annoying fogging to the inside of the mask. The handset is bulky, no doubt, but it is not different from all the other devices available currently on the market.
    What I found a bit disappointing, though, is the limited compatibility with the devices. It will only work with the latest flagship devices by Samsung, excluding the owners of other android devices. Although it comes with two adaptors.
    Generally, I think that it worths the money, it is a nice headset which can entertain the owner with a nice offer of features. I would definitely suggest it, considered the moderate price.
  • Very good
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    The Gear VR is a way to use your phone as a virtual reality device – it straps your phone to your face, uses its screen to project a world, and you use your head’s movement and a remote control to move around and interact with a virtual world. You can play games, explore places, or just watch a movie. I’ve used a previous generation of the Gear VR, and the new innovation with this device is the controller. It gives you a virtual laser pointer, trigger and scrolling pad akin to a laptop mouse pad. The controller was a definite improvement – on the old Gear VR you stared at objects for a few seconds to activate them, or pressed a button on the side of the helmet, controller interaction is much more immediate and satisfying. When you first lock your phone into the Gear VR, the software downloads over a few minutes; while that’s going on you can do the minimal hardware set up needed – attaching straps to the VR that will keep it attached to your head and installing batteries into the controller. Plugging the phone into the VR and locking it in starts the device. Focussing is controlled with a little wheel on the top, and surprisingly, glasses fit inside without problems. There’s a little orientation demo to show you how to use the controller, then you can explore free and paid-for content. Videos that you have already downloaded on your phone can be viewed, though it’s not as good an experience as watching on TV – your eyes are so close to the screen that even with the WQHD display on the Galaxy S8 I used for this, pixels are very obvious. Also, not all video codecs worked, so they may be silent. Netflix is also available, and is a pretty easy setup. Watching video isn’t the real point of VR of course, it’s playing games. There are a range of Oculus games available compatible with the VR, but not all supporting the new controller, so you can find yourself mashing the controller buttons without effect. One free game with controller support I tried was Play with Me – a haunted house exploration, with scary clowns. This is very immersive, to move around you have to move your whole body and use the controller, you can look up and down, though windows and interact with objects. One useful point – you’ll want to connect headphones for the best experience with this sort of game. Unfortunately, games with controller support are thin on the ground, but worth seeking out. In summary, great fun to play with, and a nice evolution of VR headsets.
  • Excellent
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    Samsung have been dabbling in VR for years now with their partner Oculus (creators of the Rift VR headset for PC). This current version of the VR Headset (the SM-R324) arrived in March 2017.

    The new headset is far more comfortable than previous models, having been refined over the years. The basics remain the same, though. The straps go over your head and the whole headset sits comfortably on your face with a foam surround against your skin. The sides mask any light coming in pretty well, giving you a fully immersive experience. Built for glasses-free use, the lenses are specially designed so that they can focus on the phone screen even for glasses users who need to take them off to use the device.

    A wheel on the top of the device focuses the lenses in a similar way to those old viewfinder toys. A touchpad on the right side of the device allows you to choose options and move around, with a Home and Back button above this allowing for context-sensitive options to be chosen or quick access to the home menu. It’s a little fiddly and is still my least favourite part of the design.

    Thankfully, Samsung have included a controller alongside the headset which looks a little like a pointer used for slideshows. It fits easily in one hand and allows for movement and button presses in apps and games. It’s a game-changer as far as interactivity is concerned, with users no longer having to struggle with the fiddly touchpad on the side of the headset .

    The phone does all the heavy lifting and the experience will vary depending on whether you are using an old S6 or newer model, like the S8. The S7 Edge which I used for most of this campaign was a good middle ground.

    The 360 immersive experience makes your head spin at first, particularly as there are no cables to tie you down as with PC or console VR systems. It does a great job of putting you right there in the action. Pair this with the Gear 360 camera and you can even make your own VR videos and photos to watch or share with others. The Gear 360 is an excellent tool which is really easy to use in making quality VR videos, we were at a cosplay event and I was able to share this with my wife at home as if she was there.

    The one downside is that every phone I've used with this gets hot quite quickly and then refuses to work again until it has cooled down. It's a bit of a faff if you're in the middle of watching something or playing a game and hopefully future handsets from Samsung will have better processors and cooling.

    This has been an educational tool for my kids; learning about the universe, delving in to the deep ocean and more, as well as for games and new experiences, that has really impressed me and the new headset and controller make this experience the best and easiest way into VR
  • Perfect
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    I'm an early adopter gadgetaholic! and over the years I've had the Oculus developer kit for PC, the Gear VR1, 2 and this latest version is hands down so much better. Using it with a Galaxy S7 Edge It's comfortable, light weight and easy on the head. The suede cushioning makes so much difference to the overall experience. Previous models leaked more light into the headset and could get hot and steam up slightly. This suffers none of those issues. The focus is almost 100% good now (based on previous models) I think the focus issues that some may encounter are more due to the content being viewed as opposed to the actual hardware.

    Incidentally, my wife wears glasses and the headset had no problems accommodating them. She also reports it's one of the most comfortable VR experiences I've subjected her to! The addition of a dedicated controller is a game changer (pun intended!) We recently played Affected: The Manor, a survival walk around horror VR experience from the Oculus store. Wow, you're really there and the controller works as a torch whilst on your journey with the trigger being the walk button. Very creepy, very effective use of the hardware. It's so much better than having your hand to the side of your head to navigate menus etc. The controller makes the whole experience more intuitive. I particularly like the fact that you can "see" the controller whilst in the VR environment. It's a nice touch and brings some of the real world into the VR world.

    The addition of a volume control conveniently placed is a also a big plus. The updated Samsung VR app is greatly improved on the previous ways of viewing VR & standard content. The way it manages your own library to provide you with an immersive experience of your old 2D photos without it being overwhelmingly big. They've got the sizing just right. Images and videos taken with the Gear 360 camera (see my other review) plunge you further into the memories you've created, putting you back there to that moment in time.

    In a word... Awesome
  • Excellent
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    From the moment that iI recieved my black box emblazoned with the Samsung Gear VR Logo I knew this was going to be a quality product. The packaging was very secure and on opening I was imediately impressed with what I found. The Samsung Gear VR headset with controller is a very well made peice of equipment that has elasticated head bands that are adjustable using the velcro stays on each end making it able to fit any head size and the tactile hand held wireless controller helps to control the on screen options and is a step up from the previous Gear VR headset. It has a headphone port for a total all round experience. I immersed myself straight away into the Virtual reality worlds of dinosaurs , space , phantoms and rollercoasters. I have a hard time putting it down. Would really recommend the Samsung Gear VR as an inexpensive way to get a very polished and quality VR fix. As a disabled user the Samsung Gear VR with controller is a very easy to use peice of technology and after swimming with Sharks, and floating through Earths atmosphere I have found a new way to access worlds and realms that I never thought I would.
  • Very good
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    Prior to the headset arriving I wasn’t sure what to expect and wasn’t convinced that the price would justify the experience. The headset was packaged very well and also comes with a remote control and straps for holding it to your head. The setup was fairly simple although I was entirely sure which way round the straps went at first – my fault as I should just have read the instruction manual as it’s all detailed there. There are a large number of apps that can be used with the headset and I was blown away by the choice. The VR experience really is excellent – I hadn’t appreciated just how lifelike the images and videos would be. As well as the 360 aspect there is also a depth to the videos which help bring the experience to life. If I was to make a complaint about this it would be that even 4k resolution does not lend itself well to the VR experience and 8k would make the experience better. The controller that comes with the headset is really good. It’s designed in such a way that you can easily navigate around it when you have the headset on and can’t see what you are pressing. The battery life on the controller is very good and there’s no signs of it running out even with quite a lot of use. There are also buttons on the side of the headset but to be honest these get in the way as sometimes I hit them when adjusting the headset. All in I would definitely recommend this headset although I am sure the VR experience will improve even more as more content becomes available and screen resolution improve. I definitely don’t see VR as a gimmick and can see this replacing our TVs one day.