The Samsung Gear VR is the VR Goggles that Samsung developed together with Oculus. This means that the Goggles itself is developed by Samsung and the content is coming from the Oculus platform.
This is also the reason that the Goggles is branded both Samsung and Oculus.
This Mobile VR Goggles is available since NOV 2015 and is retailing for around $99,-
The Samsung Gear VR
Looking at design, material and ergonomics however this is a whole other league, the Gear is lightweight, well designed and is made out of high quality materials. When you get your hands on a Gear for the first time you will immediately notice that this is a solid and proper VR Headset.
When wearing it you will also notice that the Goggles was designed taking ease of wearing into account, everything is at the right location and a healthy amount of “Cushioning” will make sure that the Goggles will be nice to wear, also for longer periods of time.
The Gear is controller by means of an integrated touchpad which is to be found at the right side of the Goggles.
Ticking and swiping will take you seamlessly trough menus, interfaces and in game navigation.
Additionally you can get Bluetooth controllers or gamepads, this is a nice to have for some games and even a must have for some content.
This all depends of the quality of your Smartphone’s display, the Gear is compatible with: Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6, and S6 edge.
To enable headtracking and positional tracking the Samsung Gear VR utilizes a gyroscope, accelerometer and a Proximitysensor, unlike most other Mobile VR Goggles the Gear has this sensors on board the Headset.
The Gear is “Powered by Oculus” so there will be no shortage in content, we won’t bother you with a lengthy list of it but would like to point you over to the SamsungVR platform and take a look around