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Samsung Gear VR Headset (2017)

£109.00
Design
Features
Performance
Ease of Use

4.3

5

Overall

The Samsung Gear VR is by the same people that made the Oculus Rift and it uses the Oculus Mobile Platform, so there are plenty of high end features included even though this is a budget model.

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Jennifer Watts

1st December 2017

By Jennifer Watts

Mum, Wife, Gadget Lover & Foodie


The Samsung Gear VR is a type of smartphone-powered VR system. I had tried a very cheap version of this sort of VR setup and thought it was terrible so I will admit I didn’t have high hopes for the Samsung Gear, but for the price (which is just a fraction of what other VR headsets cost), it was worth a try. I held off until this new 2017 version though because I had heard some less-than-great things about the previous models, like it wasn’t very comfortable and the phone would overheat a lot, but luckily it seems like these issues have now been sorted. Overall, for a smartphone-powered VR system, this is very good.

Compatibility

As the Samsung Gear VR headset is smartphone-powered, it is necessary to have a compatible smartphone or you won’t be able to use the headset. The Samsung Gear VR is compatible with the Note8, Galaxy S8, S8+, S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6, and S6 edge, but older phones probably won’t have the right specs to power it. Even older compatible phones might not be able to produce the best quality for this, but it does work very well on the Galaxy 8, which I what I have been using so far.

New v Old

The big difference between the older versions and the new Samsung Gear VR is that this one comes with a controller. There’s only one controller which is a bit of a shame, but it’s better than nothing. The controller is quite small, feels comfortable to use, and it does add an element of fun. There is one game I have been playing a lot lately where you can use the controller as a torch, and as you move it around different areas of the visual field are illuminated. It does work well and it was worth the wait for it!

Features & Performance

As a smartphone-powered VR headset, the overall experience is never going to be quite as good as the Oculus Rift or PS VR or any other PC or console-powered VR systems. However, the Samsung Gear VR is by the same people that made the Oculus Rift and it uses the Oculus Mobile Platform, so there are plenty of high end features included even though this is a budget model. The 101 degree field of view is a little lacking (110 is standard) but there’s not much difference. The AMOLED display is very clear, although I have noticed a bit of image distortion if I move my head quickly or very deliberately.

Benefits

Although I had my reservations about using a smartphone-powered VR headset, I’ve actually found that there are a few benefits over the more indepth models. There is no massive cable mess (which I found to be a bit of a problem with the PS VR) and there’s no need to set up any sort of external sensors or cameras to play, you can literally just take this out the box, attach your smartphone, and get started.

Comfort

The first thing that I noticed when I picked this up was how light it was. The headset only weighs 345 grams so it’s probably the lightest VR headset I’ve ever tried. It’s actually lighter than the Oculus Rift which is known for being lightweight! It fits nicely and feels comfortable to wear, even with glasses because there is a lot of scope for adjustments to the straps to give a bit more room if needed. I do get a bit of motion sickness but not too much (my husband suffers a bit though, even after just a few minutes).

Content

There is quite a bit of content available for the Samsung Gear VR. I think there are more than 800 apps now. My only gripe is that a lot of them are pretty pricey and certainly more than I’d pay out just on a whim. Luckily there are a few cheaper apps so I have been able to play a number of different games.

Worth It?

For the price, you can’t go wrong. The Samsung Gear VR is the cheapest way to experience ‘good’ VR at the moment, and for people who don’t have a PS4 or a super powerful PC, this is great because you only need your phone. It’s also good if you’re thinking about picking up some other Samsung Gear stuff too because you can get the discounted Samsung Gear VR Collection which comes with the Gear 360 4K camera. Overall, while this isn’t on the same level as the Oculus Rift or PS VR, it isn’t that far behind.

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To read more on this model, check out the Samsung Gear VR homepage here (opens new window).

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  • Colour: Orchid Grey (Headset) / Black (Controller)
  • Dimensions: 207.1 x 98.6 x 120.7 mm (Headset) / 48.1 x 38.2 x 108.1 mm (Controller)
  • Weight: 345 g (Headset) / 64.3 g (Controller, inc. Battery & Strap)
  • Field of View: 101 degrees
  • IPD: 62 mm (Fixed)
  • Eye Relief: 10 mm
  • Sensor: Gyro sensor / Proximity sensor
  • Connection: USB Type-C & Micro USB
  • Compatibility: Galaxy Note8, S8, S8+, S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge
  • Controller Battery: AAA battery * 2ea (1000mAh, up to 40 days when used on average 2 hours a day)

Model

Display Type

Resolution

Field Of View

Weight (kg)

Rating

Price

Oculus Rift

OLED

2160 X 1200

110 Degrees

0.47

£372.99

Samsung Gear VR

AMOLED

-

101 Degrees

0.345

£109.00

Sony Playstation VR

OLED

1080p

100 Degrees

0.61

£289.99


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