Is This Real Life?: Samsung ‘Gear’ up for Virtual Reality

I will eventually get to the part about Samsung’s virtual reality product… but we all know what my title is really referring to – let’s just appreciate this classic, hilarious video once more! (Below)

Ok, now that’s out of the way, let’s talk virtual reality. So it seems that virtual reality will be a huge platform digital goods companies next year such as Sony and Oculus of course, but now Samsung have stuck their spoon into the mix. Infact, Oculus VR had a part to play in Samsung’s headset and just as the Oculus Rift utilised a Galaxy Note 3 for its visual display, Samsung’s “Gear VR” will use a Galaxy Note 4, naturally. However, the Gear isn’t for everyone.

Samsung have decided that if you are not an owner of a Note 4 and are not planning to be, you may not be able to get your hands on the Gear VR. Apparently this was a conscious decision to ensure that Virtual Reality is primarily a good experience and not just widely accessible. Yet, if you do happen to have a Note 4 with atleast a two year contract, you may be able to play around with the 3 games that come pre-loaded on the device when you purchase one. I understand there is a dungeon adventure game called HeroBound, some sort of deep sea exploration game called theBlu and also a space themed shooter game, AnsharWars. That’s quite cool.

Apparently the experience of Gear VR is pretty good. Video / audio quality is above average and responsiveness is said to be brilliant. However, some VR nerds have pointed out that Google Cardboard (a low budget VR headset from Google) is pretty much just as good and at a cost of around $10 compared to $199 for the Samsung Gear. Samsung recognise these comments by asserting that Google Cardboard is a good, entry level product though people who are really interested in VR will recognise the Galaxy Note 4 to be the baseline requirement when it comes to experiencing true and quality virtual reality.

This story just adds to the literature that suggests that VR will become hugely popular in the future, with its applications to cinema and theme park rides but at the minute, it certainly isn’t for the every day shmuck.


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