Today we live in a hiTech world were it seems like only the sky is the limit. However, that’s not true – the ridiculously high price of getting a new VR headset is the limit. Don’t get it wrong, Virtual Reality headsets are cool, personally I think its the coolest thing to happen to the VR world since sliced bread (point here is, just like VR , sliced bread are not what the seem), but splashing an average of US $340 on one isn’t really on the to-do list of a lot of peeps. Well, unless of course you are Bill Gates or Slim Helu or whoever is the richest dude this days.
Samsung Gear VR
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Samsung’s energetic break into the VR space saw the company put forth what is one of the most pocket friendly VR gadget on the market. At a US $199.99 price tag, the Samsung VR headset is certainly the cheapest VR headset in my review list and also almost certainly the cheapest in the market. For the VR headset regulars, you probably might be saying that Google’s cardboard headset with a retail price of US $30 is, but analysis using a set specs benchmark proofs otherwise, that we’ll discuss later. The Samsung Gear VR is a result of collaboration between Samsung electronics and Facebook owned Occulus VR. It’s not however to be confused with Occulus own headset – The Occulus Rift , the Gear VR is a section leader in its own turf.
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Samsung’s first VR headset offers a tempting peek into virtual reality future, utilising simple hardwares to provide a cost efficient Virtual reality experience. The headset uses a compatible Samsung Galaxy (Galaxy Note or The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge) smartphone as its processor and display. The Gear VR unit itself contains the high field of viewcommons and unlike similar VR headset like the Google’s cardboard, the Gear VR has a custom IMU for rotational tracking which connects to the smartphone via a micro-USB. This inbuilt IMU is more accurate and well calibrated with lower latency than internal smartphone IMUs such as used for Google Cardboard. The headset also features a touchpad and back button on the side, as well as a proximity sensor to detect when the headset is on. The touchpad and button allow for a standard minimum input capability for users to interact with the virtual environments, whereas Google Cardboard devices only feature a button.
Samsung’s Gear VR innovator Edition.
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Though it wasn’t yet ready for the consumer market, The Gear VR was first announced in September 2014. Like in the cases of most VR gadgets, the idea was to allow developers to create content for the Gear VR and to allow VR technology enthusiasts to get early access to the gadget. Two innovator editions of the Gear VR were released before the initial consumer version developers and early adopters. The availability of ready consumer versions will probably spike in few weeks after the official launch date set for this November.