Samsung Gear VR with next day delivery for £80 @ Samsung
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Samsung Gear VR with next day delivery for £80 @ Samsung

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LocalFound 5th Jan 2016
This is the cheapest price I could find for the first genuinely affordable Virtual Reality headset. I must say this doesn't disappoint all you need is a Samsung phone (S6 or later I believe) and your ready to experience VR.

I was fairly sceptical at first however for under £100 and powered by oculus I thought it was worth a go and I'll be honest I'm very impressed with it.
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can get one from primark for £16 it's just like Google cardboard put your phone in the end of it but works quite well just to get a taste of vr on the cheap
Comments from an Amazon customer:

Here is why this is better than cardboard:
This has sensors built into the actual device that are an order of magnitude more accurate, and more responsive than what you have in your phone. This means that when you turn your head, there is no noticeable delay before the image updates on the screen. What you see matches 1-to-1 with how you move your head in real life. I've had the innovator edition for quite some time now, and the experiences are pretty fantastic. I watch netflix in a beautiful ski chalet on a giant TV all the time. The other day I watched my favorite twitch stream with 5 other people at a movie theater on the moon. They are sitting around you and when someone talks it sounds as if they are actually sitting to your left or your right. Their avatars look like cartoons but it doesn't matter. You can see where they're looking, you can see them nod their head in response to a question. It's like you're really together. And this is just the very, very beginning. One other big difference is the oculus store. It's like the App store for VR content. Lots of great stuff on there already."
"Additionally:
Touchpad and back button on the side of the headset
Proximity sensor to detect whether the headset is on your face
Focus dial to adjust for nearsightedness
High quality optics matched to the screen/distortion mesh, providing a much wider field of view than Cardboards I've tried
Better ergonomics/more comfortable, with some attention given to ventilation to avoid lens fogging etc.
When used with Gear VR, the supported phones' hardware and firmware also provide VR features not available with Cardboard:
Low persistence display (no screen blur when looking around)
Asynchronous TimeWarp (considerably reduced perceived latency, fills in for dropped frames to prevent judder)
Special control over the CPU and GPU for more consistent performance
Optional chromatic aberration correction (often disabled for performance reasons)
benmiller1205

can get one from primark for £16 it's just like Google cardboard put your … can get one from primark for £16 it's just like Google cardboard put your phone in the end of it but works quite well just to get a taste of vr on the cheap



Not quite. This one is dedicated to 4 Samsung S6 related phones and has a built in micro-accelerometer (better head tracking) , on board volume controls, swipe navigation (up, dowm,left,right) as well as dedicated buttons for selection and back.

If you have a compatible Samsung phone then this is far superior to Google cardboard viewers.

NB The virtual environment and full menu system wakes up when you clip in your Samsung phone and it all feels very professional.

Awesome!?

Better than the Oculus Rift DK2 IMO and probably only bettered by the Oculus Rift consumer edition being released tomorrow (but for that you will need a kick ass PC!)
Edited by: "rd3d2" 5th Jan 2016
If you really want to try vr on the cheap, then you can get the cardboard version for a couple of quid or theses ones for £7 from Gearbest, or the dreaded DX do then as well... m.gearbest.com/hom…wcB
Is there a game pad to go with this, and would you recommend getting one to get the best out if games?
I picked up a good one.
ebay.co.uk/itm…741?hash=item1a07ae85dd:g:aiQAAOSwo0JWH06B

much cheaper £11.69 and fits any phone. took time to come but arrived. The kids loved it, but still not much you can do with them after the initial fun. I initially tried the cardboard one, but you have to keep opening it up and touching the screen. This one has a blutooth controller so makes things easier.
so you need to take the phone out of its case to fit in?
link to £80 on Samsung site anyone? had a look could only find innov edt at £179
Can the original gear vr still be bought for the note 4 ?
wildswan

link to £80 on Samsung site anyone? had a look could only find innov edt … link to £80 on Samsung site anyone? had a look could only find innov edt at £179



HERE m8
I have a set of these and they are much better than the cardboard type ones. Obviously so they should be at £80.


Some good apps you can get that give a great experiance of VR. The tech is still relatively new, so lots of room for improvement.

This site gives you an idea of some of the apps/games available.....

http://www.wareable.com/vr/best-samsung-gear-vr-apps-the-games-demos-and-experiences-to-download-first-816

It's a little difficult appreciating the actual experiance just from reading up or watching YT videos about it. Once you have tried it though you can see that there will be a big future in this type of tech.
Edited by: "topss" 5th Jan 2016
amis1975

HERE m8



​ya
jco83

Can the original gear vr still be bought for the note 4 ?



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This has been £80 on Samsung website since it was released, definitely isn't a deal..

As mentioned before, it is miles better than a "cardboard" solution though.. Much lower latency and a better app store
3% quidco too
Will this only work on Samsung phone?
Not to be rude but why waste your money on this half-baked rubbish when Oculus Rift is just around the corner?.
chaank

Not to be rude but why waste your money on this half-baked rubbish when … Not to be rude but why waste your money on this half-baked rubbish when Oculus Rift is just around the corner?.




In May, Oculus boss Brendan Iribe said a Rift and a PC capable of powering it should cost $1,500 (£1,000) in total. The firm has said the finished consumer-ready headset should be in the "same ballpark" as the $350 cost of its earlier prototypes.
chaank

Not to be rude but why waste your money on this half-baked rubbish when … Not to be rude but why waste your money on this half-baked rubbish when Oculus Rift is just around the corner?.



Because this is an order of magnitude cheaper and is very effective, nothing compares to it at this price point. An Oculus Rift consumer edition requires a PC costing nearer £1,000 as well as the Oculus itself which as of yet doesn't have a price, but it won't be £80 that's for certain.
fishmaster

Oculus Rift consumer edition requires a PC costing nearer £1,000



What if you already have a gaming PC?
Wow VR welcome back to 1994 baby
Oculus Rift in all honesty requires a high end gaming PC. I have had a DK2 for over a year.
Don't believe the rubbish that they say a 970 will do. you really need a 980ti nothing less for a smooth experience.The consumer rift will require even more GPU power.

For £80 quid the Samsung Gear is a deal.
ollie87

What if you already have a gaming PC?



Still around 4 times more expensive.

Probably will be a better experiance, but like most things, cost plays a part. Why doesn't everyone buy the best most expensive phone, TV, car.....
Edited by: "topss" 5th Jan 2016
ollie87

What if you already have a gaming PC?



Well the Oculus will cost £300-£350 as it's reputed to cost $350 in the USA. Also the Oculus requires a gaming PC, this requires a Samsung phone, this is cheaper whichever way you look at it. However they will definitely be different experiences. I've never been a fan of kickstarted projects. Look at GlowForge for example, looks amazing, currently it's hopeless, with no fixed timeline on when it will be completed, if ever.
jco83

Can the original gear vr still be bought for the note 4 ?


Yes and it costs a fortune
rdbradshaw

Wow VR welcome back to 1994 baby



VR was never available to the consumer back then as in the consumer owning the device and even a smartphone can produce better graphics now. You could say the same thing about the computer mouse in the 1980's "Welcome to 1963". Things take time for mass adoption. Touchscreen gesture technology that you see everyday in your smartphone was first conceived in 1982. Much of what exists now was invented/conceived in the 1960s, in fact some superior implementations still don't exist today i.e. The Mother of All Demos 1968, there still isn't an integrated system like he invented as of yet. His chord key input design, whilst other people tried has not be bettered and still doesn't exist as a mass adopted product.

http://www.dougengelbart.org/firsts/mouse.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mother_of_All_Demos

Douglas Englebart was a true genius in every sense of the word. Anyway my point is that things get invented often many decades before they're adopted by the masses. Mass adoption significantly causes the price to fall, as mass adoption starts to take hold, eventually the technology is available to everyone.

If you want the semantics of mass adoption it's explained here in Diffusion of innovations and Critical Mass (sociodynamics)>

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diffusion_of_innovations

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_mass_(sociodynamics)

Edited by: "fishmaster" 5th Jan 2016
Do the Edge phones work with vr stuff?
eye will

I picked up a good … I picked up a good one.http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RITECH-II-VR-Virtual-Reality-Video-3D-Glasses-for-Phones-Bluetooth-Gamepad-87WS-/111798027741?hash=item1a07ae85dd:g:aiQAAOSwo0JWH06Bmuch cheaper £11.69 and fits any phone. took time to come but arrived. The kids loved it, but still not much you can do with them after the initial fun. I initially tried the cardboard one, but you have to keep opening it up and touching the screen. This one has a blutooth controller so makes things easier.


Seems good, bought one too. hope it arrives soon :-) thanks.
Been keeping an eye on these at work recently. This hasn't been available or in stock up until today so this is quite possibly the brand new one.

Up until now (or very recently) only the innovator edition versions have been available in the UK... so this is the brand new Consumer edition of GearVR as far as I can tell (inclusion of S6+) - SM-R322

£80 is the standard (and expected) price from all the articles and reviews I've read in the past, so this isn't necessarily a deal or a bargain (so don't all panic buy asap!).

Good spot for noticing it's now available on the samsung site though.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, as I'd like to know if I'm confused by it all!
rdbradshaw

Wow VR welcome back to 1994 baby



Would you say a similar thing about mini-skirts?

This is the future of gaming and erm other stuff....
Edited by: "topss" 5th Jan 2016
gaijintendo

Do the Edge phones work with vr stuff?


No because the 'edges' curve away from yours eyes so it's a problem with having to constantly adjust your focus (_;)
lothburn

Oculus Rift in all honesty requires a high end gaming PC. I have had a … Oculus Rift in all honesty requires a high end gaming PC. I have had a DK2 for over a year.Don't believe the rubbish that they say a 970 will do. you really need a 980ti nothing less for a smooth experience.The consumer rift will require even more GPU power.For £80 quid the Samsung Gear is a deal.



970 sli should do it - just got the Nvidia update, it also depends on the games you are playing - Lucky's tale looks like a ps4 ... nah a xbox one could do it at 1440 90fps. I don't know why the consumer rift would need more power - as far as I was aware they are the same resolution.
ZTE, mi, Huawei etc will soon spoil the market with capable VR headsets at a quarter the price. But if anyone thinks this is expensive, wait for the almighty apple to release and put a £1000 price on it. The fan boys will be all over it
I'm guessing my GTX 970, i5-4460 and 8gb won't be enough for the rift then? Shame I don't own a Samsung phone, voted hot though for the cost offset.
rd3d2

Better than the Oculus Rift DK2 IMO and probably only bettered by the … Better than the Oculus Rift DK2 IMO and probably only bettered by the Oculus Rift consumer edition being released tomorrow (but for that you will need a kick ass PC!)



Better than DK2?!?!?

In terms of it being a finished product maybe.

But the software is what makes the device. The phone versions are like a basic demo compared to what you can get on a PC. Friend has DK1 & 2. I have a Google Cardboard type device. I almost ordered a Gear VR but decided (having tried the available apps on a much cheaper version) that PC was the way to go.

Haven't changed my mind.

Although, suspect I may now have to get a Rift and a Vive if software doesn't work on both.

Looks like it's finally time to upgrade the main PC ....

Edited by: "sancheez" 5th Jan 2016
Steve Mac

I'm guessing my GTX 970, i5-4460 and 8gb won't be enough for the rift … I'm guessing my GTX 970, i5-4460 and 8gb won't be enough for the rift then? Shame I don't own a Samsung phone, voted hot though for the cost offset.



I own a Galaxy S6, I don't think you're missing much until it gets Marshmallow, it's a crippled device using Lollipop.
Steve Mac

I'm guessing my GTX 970, i5-4460 and 8gb won't be enough for the rift … I'm guessing my GTX 970, i5-4460 and 8gb won't be enough for the rift then? Shame I don't own a Samsung phone, voted hot though for the cost offset.



According to Oculus, you should be OK.

Might not be the absolute smoothest possible, but should run respectably.

oculus.com/en-…ft/
fishmaster

I own a Galaxy S6, I don't think you're missing much until it gets … I own a Galaxy S6, I don't think you're missing much until it gets Marshmallow, it's a crippled device using Lollipop.



Never really liked Lollipop to be honest, I always preferred KitKat, ICS and Jellybean for the look and UI.
sancheez

According to Oculus, you should be OK.Might not be the absolute smoothest … According to Oculus, you should be OK.Might not be the absolute smoothest possible, but should run respectably.https://www.oculus.com/en-us/blog/powering-the-rift/



Fingers crossed, I thought I would be future proofing on my budget CPU but with a more powerful GFX card
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