SamMobile’s experience with the Gear VR
Samsung is also stepping up its Virtual Reality (VR) game at IFA 2014. It has teamed up with Oculus VR, known from the Oculus Rift (Virtual Reality Headset for 3D Gaming), to enrich our lives with the Samsung Gear VR. The Samsung Gear VR allows you to enjoy an immersive virtual reality experience wherever you are!
In its essence, the Samsung Gear VR basically is a head-mount for your Galaxy Note 4 device. It consists of a frame, in which you dock in your mobile phone, and 2 lenses on it. The 2 lenses are used to provide the best focus for the user of the Gear VR. However, they also made sure that people who wear prescription glasses can focus the Gear VR themselves (with a focus wheel on top), so you don’t have to wear glasses at all while using the Gear VR. Samsung has put a lot of time and effort into making the Gear VR light to carry around and also to not put all pressure from the Note 4’s weight on the face of the user.
At the moment, it is only compatible with the regular Galaxy Note 4 (to be more specific, not with the Galaxy Note Edge due to its different screen size). The Galaxy Note 4’s Super AMOLED QHD (2560×1440) display has a very low latency, which has significantly been reduced than previous screens from Samsung, and also allows very vivid colors to be displayed on the screen.
Some might wonder what use cases for Virtual Reality devices, like this, might be. A few use cases where this form factor might come handy include watching 3D movies in Cinema mode, playing 3D games, watch 360 degrees video education and even provide real-life simulations.
The Gear VR will cost you €200, and if you buy it as a bundle with the Gamepad it will cost you €250; both prices are advised prices from Samsung Benelux.