Samsung Gear VR Pretty Girl Explores the Virtual World

The Samsung Gear VR, announced August 2014, is a truly portable HMD, designed in collaboration with Oculus VR, and powered by a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet which manages graphics, processing, power and some sensing functions. It comes with an optional hand-held gamepad.

Samsung Gear VR : Pros + Cons

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ADVANTAGES : extremely mobile, leverages your existing phone, optimal for movie watching and passive experiences. Comes in your choice of white or red. $199 MSRP (not including phone).

CHALLENGES : sensor suite not as sophisticated, accurate, or fast as Rift; processor may not be able to keep up for high-performance apps like videogames. possible overheating.

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LEARN : READ : GEAR VR vs. RIFT : HEAD TO HEAD

 

VR Apps Included

Samsung and Oculus have announced the following launch apps to be bundled with the Gear VR HMD.

  1. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Gear VR users will gain exclusive access to Tony Stark’s Lab inside the all new Avengers Tower.
  2. Cirque du Soleil Media presents a 360° live-action 3D VR experience, featuring an act from Zarkana filmed by Felix & Paul Studios.
  3. DreamWorks VR from DreamWorks Animation allows Samsung Gear VR users to interact and laugh with DreamWorks characters and content in a whole new way like never before.
  4. Harmonix Music VR takes your music library and transports you to a fully immersive, musically responsive environment, allowing you to relax in a vibrant soundscape and explore visualizations set to your favorite tracks.
  5. M-GO Advanced, a new paradigm for digital video VR applications, offers an unmatched interactive search and discovery experience with Samsung Gear VR.
  6. Protocol Zero from DENA enables Samsung Gear VR players to infiltrate enemy grounds undetected in blackout conditions with hi-tech optics including night vision, X-ray vision, and thermal vision.
  7. Temple Run VR is the latest edition in Imangi’s Temple Run series, challenging Samsung Gear VR players to run as far as they can through a perilous winter wonderland as they escape the clutches of Arctic Demon Monkeys.
  8. Vevo offers more than 100,000 HD music videos, live concert events and original programming that can be enjoyed in an immersive, full-screen theater experience on Samsung Gear VR.
  9. WemoLab’s theBluVR allows users to immerse themselves in the dream-like majesty of marine life.

Samsung Gear VR Photos

Here’s some hands-on images courtesy of TechCrunch:

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and the official glam shot via Samsung:

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