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
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.
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.
- Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Gear VR users will gain exclusive access to Tony Stark’s Lab inside the all new Avengers Tower.
- Cirque du Soleil Media presents a 360° live-action 3D VR experience, featuring an act from Zarkana filmed by Felix & Paul Studios.
- 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.
- 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.
- M-GO Advanced, a new paradigm for digital video VR applications, offers an unmatched interactive search and discovery experience with Samsung Gear VR.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
and the official glam shot via Samsung: