The big difference is of course the fact that the Samsung Gear VR is designed to pair with Samsung smartphones, rather than PCs, and therefore offer an alternative, lighter and more convenient VR experience.
The Samsung Gear VR is compatible with: the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, S7 and S7 Edge. The original model is black and white, although now there is a newer version, dark blue in colour, which will support upcoming Samsung devices. Voke Me has tested Samsung VR Headset with Galaxy A90 5G you can use
Setting up the Samsung Gear VR
You’ll notice that the headset itself is quite heavy – 318g to be exact – when you take it out of the box. To this you can add the weight of your phone (the S7 Edge weighs 157g) so the headset will weigh just about 500g when in use.
The screen is removable allowing you to simply pop your Samsung smartphone in and out of the slots.
Before you attach your phone to the headset, you’ll need to tie the Velcro straps (small or large) around the headset. These can be easily tightened or loosened according to your preference.
With the strap firmly attached, the next thing to do is remove the screen protectors, both from the main screen and the two lenses.
Connecting the phone couldn’t be easier. Simply slot the headset’s connection into the phone’s micro USB port, pull the clip away so your phone can tuck in nicely and then secure with both clips either side of the phone.
Using the Samsung Gear VR Headset
You won’t be immersed in virtual reality immediately after putting on the headset – first you have to install the Oculus app and download some extra settings and software.
When you remove your phone, you’ll notice that the Samsung Gear VR app has automatically opened, allowing you to begin the installation process. It’s worth reading through the terms and conditions as there are some health issues associated with VR that you should be aware of are virtual reality headsets safe?
Next the app will start to download various videos, settings and software updates, which may take a while. But be patient – you won’t have to wait long!
Once the setup is complete, you can choose your language and then open an Oculus account to begin using your Samsung Gear VR headset. This is standard procedure; just enter an email and password, and then you’ll be prompted to install some more apps including Oculus 360 photos and some basic introductory videos. Then you’re good to go.
Before you reconnect your phone to your headset you may want to download yet more apps from the Oculus store which include games like Gunjack or Hitman Go, and other 3D immersive experiences.
After connecting your phone, remember to re-attach the protective cover which slots into the headset easily. Although this isn’t strictly necessary, it does help to block out interfering light and keep your phone better protected. It also looks more futuristic and makes you feel like an X-man. However, when the cover is on you won’t be able to use the camera pass-through feature.
When the headset is firmly attached to your head, the next thing you’ll probably want to do is adjust the focus using the focus adjustment wheel on the topside of the headset.
Finally, you’re ready to enjoy some awesome, highly realistic – but most definitely virtual – reality. From swimming with sharks and chasing aliens in outer space to escaping zombies or even defusing bombs, there are plenty of games to play to get your heart racing like never before.
During the virtual experience, you can use the touchpad on the right of the headset to swipe up and down, left and right and touch. And remember, if it all gets too much, you can always just press the back button to revert to reality…