Samsung Gear VR is a new, immersive VR headset designed to be used with the Galaxy Note 4. Learn everything about this cool VR headset right here.
1. Samsung Gear VR Is Powered by Oculus
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The Samsung Gear VR headset is designed by Oculus, the Facebook-owned company behind the Oculus Rift headset. As we’ve reported in the past, Facebook purchased Oculus VR in a deal that consisted of $400 million in cash and 23.1 million Facebook shares..
2. The Gear VR Works With Galaxy Note 4
The Gear VR shared the stage with a number of other devices at Samsung Unpacked Episode 2, but not all of them will work with Gear VR. During the event, Samsung specifically stated that the Gear VR will work well with the Note 4. The Verge confirms that, at least for now, the Note 4 is the only phone that works with Gear VR.
3. The Gear VR Already Has Some Interesting Content
Learn more about the future of virtual reality in the report above.
The success on Gear VR will depend on the featured content the device can offer to its user base. The Verge has a report on the types of content Samsung had available for demo use at the Unpacked event:
“Samsung built a couple of games and demo experiences for the Gear VR, including a Coldplay concert and Avengers game that let you explore Tony Stark’s labs. But I had the most fun with a space shooter game, where I used head movements to steer a spacecraft and blasted enemy ships by tapping on the side of the Gear VR to fire my gun. As it stands right now, there isn’t a lot of deep content for the Gear VR — the demos provide a few minutes of entertainment and not much more — but Samsung says that a content store will be available when the device is available for purchase.”
4. Some Specs for Gear VR Aren’t Available Yet
Get a closer look at this headset in the video above.
Engadget notes that not all specs have been made available to the press just yet. That being said, their hands-on coverage of the new headset makes a note of some of the hardware specs:
“There is no ‘screen’ — Gear VR uses your Note 4 screen, which is of the 5.7-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) Super AMOLED variety. It looks crisp, and the Cirque du Soleil video I watched was neat. When I turned quickly, I wasn’t able to discern any major irregularities (“screen-tearing” or other nasty hitches). It’s got a 96-degree field of view (just four shy of Oculus Rift’s latest kit) and a 60Hz refresh rate…Gear VR isn’t very large (198 x 116 x 90mm), nor is it very heavy (exact specs aren’t available), and I wasn’t ever uncomfortable wearing it.”
5. Samsung Gear VR Is Expected to Go on Sale This Year
Go hands-on with the Gear VR in the PC Mag video above.
Engadget notes that the Gear VR is expected to go on sale later this year. However, the specifics are hard to pin down:
“The only information on availability is ‘this year,’ and there is no price just yet; it’ll be available for purchase online and through ‘select carriers.’ Considering how low-tech Gear VR is, and the fact that Samsung’s pushing a product into a market that doesn’t really exist just yet, I expect the company will aim as low as possible in terms of pricing.”