The Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality Headset

   

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If there was one technology that we should all be excited about, it should be virtual reality. VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear VR are poised to change the way we approach entertainment. Not only will this technology make gaming more immersive, it could also prove useful as a simulator for pilots, doctors, and a host of other professions.

The Samsung VR headset

The Samsung VR headset

However, virtual reality is still limited as of now even though it holds a lot of promise. As of this writing, Samsung’s Gear VR is the only one that’s readily available in the market out of the two VR headsets mentioned earlier.

The Samsung Gear VR

The Oculus Rift is undoubtedly the star and the current yardstick of the VR revolution happening right now. However, it’s targeted mostly at PC gamers who want to experience immersive virtual worlds at the comfort of their homes. The Samsung Gear VR though is different and is geared for mainstream consumers who have Samsung’s flagship handsets and want to try out mobile VR technology. This VR headset makes use of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge’s quad HD screen resolutions to provide the same immersive virtual reality experience as the Oculus Rift (the Development Kit currently sells for $350) while costing only $200.

How does it stack up to the Oculus Rift?

The Galaxy S fits into the VR headset

The Galaxy S fits into the VR headset

If you look at the Gear VR closely, you’ll see that it has a lot of design elements similar to that of the Oculus Rift. It’s no secret that Oculus VR has been working with a multitude of companies to develop its VR technology. Among these companies, Samsung stands out since it provides Oculus VR with the AMOLED displays it uses on the Rift Development Kits and most likely on the future retail/consumer versions as well. Despite its similarities, the Gear VR is no Oculus Rift. As of now the Gear VR can’t stream PC or Xbox One games and compared to the Oculus Rift’s, the current content available for it (found on the Oculus Store) isn’t really as impressive.

Should You Get One Now?

If you can’t wait for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift (or if you think that $350 is too much for the Development Kit 2) then the Samsung Gear VR might just be what you’re looking for. It uses the same software as the Oculus Rift but is still pretty limited when it comes to content. Should this be a concern? Content shouldn’t be a problem for now considering the fact that the VR headset is still fairly new. Additionally a substantial number of developers have already gotten their hands on both the Gear VR and the Oculus Rift so it’s only a matter of time for the content to start trickling into the platform. Just make sure that you have a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge before you go ahead and purchase a Gear VR unit.

References: http://www.gizmag.com/oculus-rift-vs-gear-vr/35420/

http://venturebeat.com/2014/08/06/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-oculus-rift/