How many of you remember this scene from the movie Hackers? That was one of the first memories I have regarding virtual reality gaming. Since then, we’ve seen the launch of Oculus Rift and even Google Cardboard, which I am pretty sure was completely derived out of mockery. Powered by Oculus Rift technology, the new Samsung Gear VR ($200) is your chance to bring virtual reality everywhere you go. That is, if you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
The way it works is, you place your phone into the front of the Gear VR, strap it around your head and fire up your favorite games, movies, TV shows or anything on your Note 4. You’re going to also need a Bluetooth controller and a set of headphones to get the most out of your experience. We suggest a nice, inexpensive gaming style headset with microphone like this one. If you have a little more coin to spend, I suggest a wireless version, after all you are gaming with the latest and greatest tech. This setup from Logitech is bulletproof and well tested among a number of Twitch gamers. Other than that you should be well setup, just make sure to pick out an open area for “active games”, so you don’t hurt yourself.
The Gear VR provides a 96-degree angle of view, great for seeing everything around you, including snipers in the corners. I’m looking forward to strapping one to my head at CES next month. As an iPhone user, I do miss out on much of the Android tech roaming around out there. I’ll be sure to report back my thoughts after a few games.
Learn more at Samsung.