Gear VR – New Reality from Samsung


Gear VR first shown in September 2014 at the IFA in Berlin, then these glasses virtual reality perceived as a typical product exhibition. It is no secret that the Samsung like to show that at the hearing people, attracts attention, and create similar products, not counting on immediate sales, is a kind of an experiment, an attempt to stake out a place in the market. It happened with the Gear VR, in 2014 representatives of the company even found it difficult to name the cost of glasses, only then to the exit of the first version, it became clear that the price – $ 500. Limited sales, a small number of enthusiasts, primarily in the US and major European markets.


By the summer of 2015 there is an improved version of points Gear VR Innovator Edition, which only support S6 / S6 EDGE, these points and became the prototype of those that are sold today under the name of the Gear VR. Unlike the first version a lot, it appeared airflow lens that prevents fogging, improvement in the sensory area, a better organization of the pressure pad. You can definitely say that on the basis of the first reviews of the Samsung did work on the bugs, and the first mass production of Gear VR deprived childhood diseases of the first samples. If enthusiasts were willing to pay for virtual reality glasses more than ordinary consumer, the mass-market “old” price was exorbitant. It is worth remembering that Google Cardboard and similar simple virtual reality glasses are in the range of 10 to 25 dollars. And pay by orders of magnitude greater for points there would be a little wanting. Therefore Gear VR for the mass market is worth 100 dollars, the Russian realities price is set at 8000 rubles. What can be considered an adequate supply, as Fibrum Pro, which is considered an analog, is in Russia as well. But that products from different universes, Fibrum Pro we see good optics, but very foolishly made harness, holder of the head, it is not so convenient. The absence of electronics as such, as well as the controls, everything is just in the software on the phone, which you insert into the glasses. In my opinion, the software selection is also quite limited, despite the large number of titles, something really interesting is almost there. But the store Oculus applications suite of applications has exceeded 150, and many are free, there are interesting trips to places of the world, games and programs. The priority for major developers Oculus is a platform, as it is today it will invest its efforts both content developers and players such as Samsung.

Fibrum pro


HTC Vive


Oculus Rift


Positioning Gear VR is plain, it is a toy for young people who want to try something new. The warning in the instructions, and when you start points states that they are not intended for use by children under 12 years old, do not neglect this, the consequences can be severe – from mild dizziness to nausea. All products of this kind are not intended for children, especially as they can get hurt while moving in real space, you do not control their movements and are often fond of what is happening in the virtual world.

Samsung’s Gear Virtual Reality


A common place becomes the way the body reacts to virtual reality goggles. I tried Fibrum Pro, Gear VR different variations, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift. In all cases, immersion in virtual reality is accompanied by a mild loss of communication with the outside world, you do not control what is happening around you. And if you get carried away, for example, standing on his feet, can hurt himself his forehead, suddenly lost his balance. So I prefer to watch content in these glasses, comfortably ensconced in an armchair, where you can sit back, shook his head or turn around its axis, to look around.


Mounting in Gear VR is that you can put in there or Galaxy S6 / S6 EDGE, or 5 Note, EDGE +. Limitation on the number of models is clear, there is required a high screen resolution, which in all these devices QHD, which allows you to create a good image. The principle of all such points is simple – the screen is divided into two parts, that is, given the picture for the left eye and right eye. And so it creates a surround effect. The downside is that the smooth, glossy picture that we see in real life, when you hold the phone at arm’s length, breaks down into individual points, when the screen is only a few inches from our eyes. Unfortunately, I can not show you what it looks like, this is not the world of Minecraft, if you had to imagine that, but not a smooth picture, what we’re used to seeing in the last few years. Visible structure of the image that is not correct, until there are specialized helmets, in which the screens will be built and will be equipped with high resolution. All virtual reality goggles that use phone, it is a compromise, and very serious, and from all points of view. The main element of these devices is the optics, and here it is possible to make high quality, but are also important and screens.


You can connect the charger If you wish to glasses, they have a microUSB-socket, then it will first charge your smartphone, then built-in battery. It is needed for the fan, sensors that track what you are wearing glasses, as well as move your head. In principle, the internal battery easily enough for 5-6 hours of work, as well as at this time, and the phone battery will be enough, but check it out in practice, I have never failed. Maximum glasses for me was a little less than an hour, I watched the movie Cirque du Soleil, it was a sort of three-dimensional representation, where you sit in the center of the stage and the show itself is going on around you. The unusual point of view, and a good idea, by the way, it is called Kurios.

Samsung’s Gear VR inside view


glasses is controlled simply, you can turn your head, and the cursor moves after the look, hold your right to the point, and it opens. You can exit by clicking the Back button, it is right on the glasses, immediately touch pad, you can select items with the help of double tapping – is the choice of the desired item.


The phone has special application that starts automatically as soon as you insert the phone. Before that, it must be unlocked (surprise, surprise), but more importantly, you need to download all software updates, they come with a fair frequency, and it is sometimes annoying, I want to plunge into virtualschinu, but instead – a few minutes of waiting for updates.


With the settings to handle even a schoolboy, then no big deal. The app store a lot of free, it and all sorts of walks in inaccessible places on earth, a beautiful three-dimensional images (my favorite part), movies and games. Points virtual reality perceived by many as a game, but my kids are spending a few days with them, quickly tired, yet such toys that would be captured and forced to dive into this dream world completely without residue. For obvious reasons, is difficult to show the capture of images of the points, but just to give a two-dimensional image is stupid, it does not transmit sensations. But I will say this, toys until they capture the imagination, although I know a few fans of this kind of devices they believe exactly the opposite.

For people with weak vestibular system, all such glasses are contraindicated, the head will be spinning. Ten minutes, and already want to take them off. Therefore, the larger the motion in the game, you will be the worse. The more tranquil scene, the longer you can stay in these glasses.


For those who want to watch a video about how to construct points, I suggest about the Gear VR Innovator summer movie, get a complete picture, there are no differences.

Content for these points is already a lot, every day it appears more and more. In Moscow shopping centers cunning people put the point where for 200 rubles yield on the 10 minutes he borrowed glasses virtual reality. It’s not worth it, but you can get an idea of ​​what it is. Somewhere skips even the first generation of Gear VR, though usually it is an alternative solution.

Would I buy the Gear VR or other points? Probably not. This is the experiments that are at an early stage. As a gift, such a virtual reality glasses are ideal, it is that never imagine yourself not to buy, and get such nice as a gift. Price on Gear VR 8 000 rather big, but it is in the market, and for the money you are buying the most advanced at the moment the device. The same Oculus will cost a bit more expensive, but will become more functional and, in any event, rumors say it is. The rumors, however, and they say that Samsung may be the manufacturer of these points. But to buy or not, you decide. It is possible that you will consider these points for other application scenarios, you will find how to use them. And if you already know, the share in the comments, all of a sudden there’s something sort of what we do not guess.

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