Samsung has officially jumped on to the VR (Virtual Reality) bandwagon. Named the Gear VR, Samsung’s headset is being produced in collaboration with the Oculus, which already uses a Galaxy Note 3 screen on its current development kits, and is essentially a head-mounted case for the new Galaxy Note 4 tablet phone (phablet?). The Note 4’s 5.7 inch Quad HD AMOLED screen will be used to display the split images that provide the VR graphics.
In a way you could call the Gear VR a more polished and refined version of Google’s Cardboard (a neat, cost effective DIY VR product) – although the Gear VR is said to have more functionality and control, including a side-mounted trackpad.
The perks of Gear VR are pretty clear – it’s light in weight, has no cables, requires very little in terms of dedicated equipment (as long as you have a phone) and no need for a separate PC to get everything up running. Perhaps the Gear VR is the first proper modern consumer VR option on the market – we’ll have to see. As of right now, there are only a few experiences available for the Gear VR, including an Avengers game and an interactive Coldplay concert, obviously this library will have to improve immensely in the future for the Gear VR to be a success.