We found out earlier this week that the Oculus Rift won’t begin shipping until early next year, but Galaxy S6 and S6 edge owners don’t have to wait that long that get a taste of virtual reality. On Friday, Samsung released the updated Gear VR Innovator Edition for its new flagship smartphones, which you can buy right now for $199.99.
Samsung on Sunday announced that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are going to get their own version of the Gear VR, the company’s own virtual reality headset that lets users enjoy immersive VR content with help of compatible devices — you actually have to insert the smartphone inside the headset to make it all work.
The Gear VR is probably the greatest thing Samsung has created in a long time. The simple but well-made virtual reality headset blows minds young and old. I have personally shown it to a number of people, and so far I have yet to come across anyone whose jaw didn’t drop. It’s awesome.
And it looks like Samsung’s biggest competitor may be getting ready to launch a rival device. More →
Have you ever just wanted to test a new gadget or phone on an unsuspecting member of your family? I was so impressed with Samsung’s new Gear VR virtual reality headset that I brought it over to my parents’ house for them to try. While both my mother and father were equally blown away, my mother acted like a normal person throughout the demo.
My father did not, and so I filmed it to share with the world. More →
Against all odds, the Gear VR turned out to be an incredibly cool accessory. Unfortunately, unless you own a Galaxy Note 4, you aren’t able to use one, but according to SamMobile, that’s going to change. SamMobile’s sources say that both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S Edge will support the virtual reality display when they launch later this year. More →
We went hands-on with Samsung’s new virtual reality headset back in September, and we have discussed how fantastic Gear VR is a few times here on the site. The device uses the brains and quad HD display of a Galaxy Note 4 to power a wonderfully responsive virtual reality experience, and it’s well worth the $200 price of admission.
Now, Samsung has struck a brilliant partnership with an airline that will give first-class passengers free access to a Gear VR headset during flights. More →
Samsung’s first virtual reality headset is fantastic, but it has a big problem — and it’s the same problem that impacts all virtual reality devices. In these early days when most people haven’t yet experienced VR headsets, there’s simply no way to convey just how great the experience is. You really have to try it to see how amazing and immersive the experience really is.
So, to help emphasize that and to get more people interested in giving Gear VR a try, Samsung posted a video to its YouTube channel that shows just how impressed people are when they first try Gear VR. More →
The first time I tried Samsung’s virtual reality headset, I was beyond skeptical. Here was Samsung yet again trying to jump on any trend it possibly could by quickly churning out an ill-conceived competitor. I sat down, listened to a Samsung spokesperson run through his short, prewritten spiel, and lifted the Gear VR over my head.
No one was filming me so I can’t be certain, but I think my jaw hung wide open the entire time I tried it. More →
You know how when you watch ads for drugs like Flomax or Cialis and it seems like the vast majority of the ad is dedicated to listing possible negative side effects? Well it looks like Samsung’s Gear VR headset is a lot like that because Ars Technica reports that it comes with a gigantic 1,000-word list of potential hazards and disclaimers that should send any sane gamer running for the hills. More →
Samsung isn’t exactly blowing away the competition in the smartphone market at the moment, but the company is working on plenty of interesting products outside of the mobile world that could expand its reach even further. One of those products in the Gear VR virtual reality headset, a device which we were impressed by when we went hands-on with it early last month. More →
The Gear VR is a fascinating proposition. Partnering with Oculus, Samsung has built its very own virtual reality headset, but there’s a catch — you have to own a Galaxy Note 4 to use it. We were able to get some hands-on time with it last week before IFA 2014 kicked off and we were impressed with just how close the experience was to that of the actual dedicated VR headset that is the Oculus Rift, but we still had questions. Chief among them: how much will the Gear VR cost? More →