RiftyBusiness | Gear VR First Impressions | I WANT TO SHOW EVERYONE

11 Dec 14
Gear VR First Impressions | I WANT TO SHOW EVERYONE

Would it be ok to go door to door and force people to put on this thing? That was one of my first thoughts I had as I sat in a chair in my living room playing Titans of Space connected to nothing but a headset.

We received our Gear VR today and thought you would like a quick first impression review of Samsung’s consumer VR headset. Overall its a cool little device that really shows off virtual reality in a great way. If you’ve never tried VR or an Oculus Rift you’ll be blown away at what this little guy is capable of. If you’ve tried other VR headsets then the Gear VR will put a smile on your face, VR is real and here to stay.
[fullwidth backgroundcolor=”” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”” paddingtop=”px” paddingbottom=”px” paddingleft=”px” paddingright=”px” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]When you open the package the first thing you see is the Gear VR carrying case. Off to the side is an instruction manual and a replace foam guard, a nifty thing to have, especially when showing the Gear VR to people (especially children).[/fusion_text][/fullwidth][fullwidth backgroundcolor=”” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”” paddingtop=”px” paddingbottom=”px” paddingleft=”px” paddingright=”px” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][images picture_size=”fixed” lightbox=”yes” class=”” id=””][image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://riftybusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Gear-VR-Review-06.jpg” alt=””][image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://riftybusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Gear-VR-Review-05.jpg” alt=””][image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://riftybusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Gear-VR-Review-03.jpg” alt=””][image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://riftybusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Gear-VR-Review-04.jpg” alt=””][/images][/fullwidth][one_half last=”no” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]One thing that surprised me about the carrying case was its quality. Its a pretty hard case, its pretty protective and also has a nice little handle…nice..[/fusion_text][/one_half][one_half last=”yes” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/one_half][fullwidth backgroundcolor=”” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”” paddingtop=”px” paddingbottom=”px” paddingleft=”px” paddingright=”px” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]

Inside is the Gear VR, a cleaning cloth and a 16gig micro SD card needed to run some Gear VR apps. If you already have a SD card in your Note 4 you can use a computer to transfer over the content (it’s all around 11gigs so you better have a big enough card).

Loading your phone into the Gear VR is very simple. You remove the faceplate and slide you phone into the micro USB connector. It secures with a small latch on the opposite side so you won’t have to worry about your phone falling out. Once you connect your phone, you put the Gear VR on your face, adjust the straps and go through a setup wizard.

[/fusion_text][/fullwidth][separator style_type=”single” top_margin=”5″ bottom_margin=”25″ sep_color=”” icon=”” width=”50%” class=”” id=””][one_half last=”no” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/one_half][one_half last=”yes” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]To control and navigate through the apps and menus there is a small touch screen panel on the side of the GearVR. Above the touch screen is a physical back button. There is also a volume control buttons and a dial to adjust the focus, besides the most of the apps are controlled by your head, considering you don’t own the optional $79.00 Controller.[/fusion_text][/one_half][separator style_type=”single” top_margin=”5″ bottom_margin=”25″ sep_color=”” icon=”” width=”50%” class=”” id=””][one_half last=”no” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]Comparing it to the Oculus Rift DK2; the Gear VR is much lighter and noticeably has no wires protruding from it. As obvious as it may seem, he wireless feature is a great asset the Gear VR has over the Oculus Rift. Not being tethered to a computer really let’s you enjoy the VR without worrying about pulling anything out or slamming into a desk.[/fusion_text][/one_half][one_half last=”yes” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/one_half][separator style_type=”single” top_margin=”5″ bottom_margin=”25″ sep_color=”” icon=”” width=”50%” class=”” id=””][fullwidth backgroundcolor=”” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”” paddingtop=”px” paddingbottom=”px” paddingleft=”px” paddingright=”px” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]As far as visuals are concerned, the Gear VR wins hands down the current development kit DK2. The screen on the Note 4 is much better than what is in the DK2 somthing that will change when the consumer version of the Rift is released. There is no screen door effect and little to no latency or judder. Though the Gear VR has a better screen and looks better, the DK2 is still much more powerful. The Gear lacks positional tracking and is limited by the Note 4’s graphical and processing power. Though the Gear VR works well and looks great, it just quite doesn’t pick up your real world movements as well as the DK2 does.

There are a handful of apps available and they all run smooth with almost no lag or juddering. The best one in my opinion is the VR Cinema, where you can watch Movie trailers and videos on your phone in a Virtual Movie theatre. As simple as the concept, once you try it you can see it has potential. Hopefully they will integrate a Netflix or YouTube option and add custom theaters, I would love to see this app update regularly.

The Gear VR is a fully functional consumer VR device. It’s not the Oculus Rift but the Gear VR is its own thing utilizing the same technology and that’s and good thing. All the software currently available[/fusion_text][/fullwidth]

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