As expected Samsung just unveiled Gear VR. The company’s first virtual reality headset was developed with direct help from Oculus and it works pretty well. We got a chance to go hands on with the Gear VR, and we have to say we walked away fairly impressed.
The design for Gear VR is definitely a bit dorky, but to be honest you (hopefully) won’t be wearing the new headset out in public. It’s a pretty simple setup and once you put it on and pull the strap back over your head it feels totally natural and secure.
As rumored the device works using your smartphone display, and this one only works with the Galaxy Note 4. Once you snap the phone in and slap the plastic visor on top of that you’re ready to go.
Samsung’s currently demoing a handful of virtual reality experiences, including immersive videos that take you around the world or under the ocean. The company also showed off a few games, including one arcade-style spaceship shooter and another where you can explore Iron Man’s secret lab.
Everything looked great and worked pretty seamlessly, though at one point while I was piloting a spaceship and furiously shooting at incoming comets the screen suddenly froze before rebooting entirely. I also had some trouble using the built-in touchpad, though Samsung says these software issues should be taken care of before Gear VR hits the market.