VR 101: Everything You Need to Know About the Gear VR

If you’re reading this right now, you’re likely one of two people: you just got a brand new Samsung Galaxy S7 and a Samsung Gear VR headset came with it, so you went to Google to figure out what the heck the thing is and what you can do with it, or you just got a Gear VR some other way and you found this because you’re curious about where to start. Either way, your mindset is the same: you’re new to the Gear VR and you’ve got no idea where to start or what to do. That’s why we’re here to help!If you’re looking for a primer on the entire point of VR and why you should even care about it, then you can check out the previous entry in this series, VR 101: What You Need To Know To Get Started With Virtual Reality.Getting StartedYour fancy Gear VR headset is a lot more than just a hunk of plastic with some lenses inside. You might have heard of the Google Cardboard before, which is the most basic version of VR, so you can think of the Gear VR as a step above that format. Samsung actually partnered with Oculus, the creators of the Oculus Rift, to create the software which runs the Samsung Gear VR headset. That will help explain a lot of the branding.First and foremost, the Gear VR only works with a very limited number of smartphones, all of which are created by Samsung. You need to own an iteration of the Galaxy S6, Note 5, or S7 in order to even use the headset, although there is limited Note 4 support as well. Oculus plans to support the software it makes for Gear VR for at least two years, but developers can stop supporting older phones at any time. So to make sure your Gear VR works with everything for the longest period possible, it makes more sense to get the S7, released in March 2016, rather than the Note 4, which was released in late 2014.Once you know you have a compatible phone and a working Gear VR, all you’ve got to do is take off the front cover and plug your phone into the port – it’ll be snug fit so don’t be shy about making sure it slides in firmly.Read More: What You Need To Know To Get Started With Virtual RealityAfter that, put the headset on and you should be prompted to remove your phone again while the Oculus application downloads and installs on your phone. I’d recommend installing all of the suggested introductory apps it gives you as an option. It’ll walk you through the entire process from start to finish, complete with tutorials and tips.Credit: Stuff.tvOnce everything is squared away, next time all you do is unlock your phone so the screen is on and slide the port into your phone and everything starts up automatically. Pretty simple!The Basics of Using the Gear VROnce you’re inside you’ll […]

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