Many of the mobile carriers offered a free Samsung Gear VR deal for people who pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge bringing virtual reality to a lot of Galaxy S7 owners. Samsung started delivering the Gear VR already and we got one. Here are 10 things we learned about using the Samsung Gear VR during the first day of use.
I thought AltspaceVR , which allows you to meet up with friends and others in different virtual reality spaces, was a pretty decent experience on the Gear VR. However, it gave me motion sickness since, in real life, I stood in one place while my avatar in the virtual world moved with a controller. The HTC Vive turns AltspaceVR into something completely exhilarating and freakish at the same time since your avatar walks and makes the same motions you do. Of course, this all depends on how much open space you set up with the Vive, but walking to the edge of a cliff is so real that you feel your heart racing.
MM: Specular Theory focuses on creating virtual reality that’s immersive video content. That means it’s accessible on smartphones and you can also watch it through YouTube 360 on a computer. The Samsung Gear is coming out with a new headset in November that will retail for $99. You can put any Samsung smartphone in it and watch VR experiences. They partnered with Oculus to create the technology.
If you are a sports fan, you will not want to miss NextVR, one of the best apps that shows off the potential of the Gear VR. This is a free app that live streams events in 180 degrees. You can get a front row seat at everything from NASCAR races to the US Open to the US Presidential debates. You even get to choose your perspective and look at replays and close ups. You may also want to get Samsung’s free VR browser which lets you browse through VR content on the web including that found on YouTube.
In terms of special features or included software, the Prime doesn’t have much like most phones in this price segment. The Prime does have a mildly modified launcher which has nice, changeable related site themes, but still doesn’t look as clean as the stock Android launcher. It also does not have USB OTG which means you cannot connect things like flash drives, keyboards and controllers.
What we are seeing is the decline of the classic African liberation movement and the proliferation of something else – something wilder, messier, more violent, and harder to wrap our heads around. If you’d like to call this war, fine. But what is spreading across Africa like a viral pandemic is actually just opportunistic, heavily armed banditry. My job as the New York Times’ East Africa bureau chief is to cover news and feature stories in 12 countries. But most of my time is spent immersed in these un-wars.