Samsung VR2 - £39 delivered from samsung direct
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Samsung VR2 - £39 delivered from samsung direct

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Found 25th Aug
Hi guys, this is my first deal so please be kind.
I was looking at the other deal for the VR2 on amazon and randomly found it cheaper from samsung direct. Its next working day delivery so not sure about the bank holiday weekend but better then the £42.70 deal from amazon who have a 1-2 weeks wait for dispatch

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In case you don't want to click the link... (I seldom do!)

At first glance, the stable of games available for the Samsung Gear VR seem modest compared to Steam. But what if you could play PC games with your Samsung Gear VR? Wouldn’t that be cool? Well you can.

You will need a few things to get it working though. You will obviously need a Samsung Gear VR, but you will also need a PC with an Nvidia graphics card compatible with Nvidia Shield GameStream, an app called SideloadVR and Wi-Fi set up on your PC with your cell phone connected to it.

Play PC games with your Samsung Gear VR
GameStream is Nvidia’s streaming service that can play games on a TV or SHIELD tablet. Most recent graphics cards are compatible as GameStream is part of the GeForce experience. As long as you have a compatible GPU and are using the latest Nvidia drivers, you should be good to go.

1. Download and install SideloadVR onto your Galaxy device.

2. Select Signature setup and copy the ID of the device and follow the steps in the SideloadVR setup wizard.
It may take a couple of attempts to get this right but you should end up with a working app store within SideloadVR.

3. Install the Stream Theater app from within the SideloadVR app store.
Perform a search within SideloadVR and install Stream Theater. Let the app install into Gear VR.

4. Type your PC’s IP address when prompted by Stream Theater.
Type ‘ipconfig /all’ on your PC to get your IPv4 address. Stream Theater will then give you a four digit PIN.

5. Start the GeForce Experience app on your PC and add the four digit PIN into the SHIELD part of the Experience app.

6. Select a game to stream to your Samsung Gear VR and select a scene to play in.
You can play in 2D by using the Theater modes or in (mostly) 3D in VR mode. You may have to manually add games to SHIELD, just select the ‘+’ and navigate to the executable to add.

Not all games play nicely with this setup but you can experiment to see which works for you. Elite Dangerous works as I play it myself. You can even set it up for head tracking too!
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thanks for posting heat added i have the original and it was great now i have the psvr i use that more often the samsung vr is a great introduction to virtual reality so would recommend it to anyone that has a compatible phone.

Does this works with s8 plus

Hardawan16 m ago

Does this works with s8 plus



I would liek to know this too

Hardawan27 m ago

Does this works with s8 plus



Yes, it does. I use mine with an S8+. However, be warned that the VR2 comes with a microUSB connector. Sometimes a Type C adaptor/connector is enclosed in the box and sometimes it isn't. It seems to be luck of the draw. Not all is lost if it isn't included. You can buy the Type C connector from eBay at around £12 so that needs to be factored in as a potential added cost. Still; very highly recommended.

Original Poster

i spoke to samsung via live chat and they said that there is a connector included that you can swap out to use USB C for the s8. The only thing i would say (ive researched it a lot) is that the s6 and 7 do heat up a little because of the processing power needed from the CPU on the phone. That being said - it works fine.
I was tempted by some of the cheaper non branded variants but after watching and reading lots of reviews - i think the sensor and light seal around the samsung one is better so its smoother and less light leakage.(oh and more comfortable)
Looking forward to trying to out soon because this is my first time using one (apart from some cheap one my brother in law got from ebay which didnt seem built that well)
I've downloaded a few films to watch and theyre pretty big so time to look for a cheap deal on a microSD card !
Edited by: "dasachmo" 25th Aug

I've just bought a compatible phone (Note 7 FE!) - are these just glorified cardboard devices or do they have a use/wow factor above this?

p.s.

£12 for a type c converter is a little steep. I bought a pack of convertors for less than £5 off Amazon - maybe this is worth a post itself!

Hey! Serious question... I googled if you could run this with PC games... and apparently you can use Nvidia streaming (moonlight might work too?)

tomsguide.com/faq…tml

Unfortunately I only have a 750ti Nvidia card. I upgraded to an RX470.

Could I use my RX470 for playing the games and then the Nvidia for streaming it?

And if so, what could you do/play with this combination?

The post says Elite Dangerous worked...

In case you don't want to click the link... (I seldom do!)

At first glance, the stable of games available for the Samsung Gear VR seem modest compared to Steam. But what if you could play PC games with your Samsung Gear VR? Wouldn’t that be cool? Well you can.

You will need a few things to get it working though. You will obviously need a Samsung Gear VR, but you will also need a PC with an Nvidia graphics card compatible with Nvidia Shield GameStream, an app called SideloadVR and Wi-Fi set up on your PC with your cell phone connected to it.

Play PC games with your Samsung Gear VR
GameStream is Nvidia’s streaming service that can play games on a TV or SHIELD tablet. Most recent graphics cards are compatible as GameStream is part of the GeForce experience. As long as you have a compatible GPU and are using the latest Nvidia drivers, you should be good to go.

1. Download and install SideloadVR onto your Galaxy device.

2. Select Signature setup and copy the ID of the device and follow the steps in the SideloadVR setup wizard.
It may take a couple of attempts to get this right but you should end up with a working app store within SideloadVR.

3. Install the Stream Theater app from within the SideloadVR app store.
Perform a search within SideloadVR and install Stream Theater. Let the app install into Gear VR.

4. Type your PC’s IP address when prompted by Stream Theater.
Type ‘ipconfig /all’ on your PC to get your IPv4 address. Stream Theater will then give you a four digit PIN.

5. Start the GeForce Experience app on your PC and add the four digit PIN into the SHIELD part of the Experience app.

6. Select a game to stream to your Samsung Gear VR and select a scene to play in.
You can play in 2D by using the Theater modes or in (mostly) 3D in VR mode. You may have to manually add games to SHIELD, just select the ‘+’ and navigate to the executable to add.

Not all games play nicely with this setup but you can experiment to see which works for you. Elite Dangerous works as I play it myself. You can even set it up for head tracking too!

Quick heads up, if you know someone who has access to a blue light account (NHS discounts) you can get this for £35

Will this work with the Note 4?

I only see the Note 5 or above mentioned...

Any rumours of a new version out soon?

huntmark25th Aug

Quick heads up, if you know someone who has access to a blue light account …Quick heads up, if you know someone who has access to a blue light account (NHS discounts) you can get this for £35


Thanks man! You just got me the headset cheaper!

helloyoufool25th Aug

p.s.£12 for a type c converter is a little steep. I bought a pack of …p.s.£12 for a type c converter is a little steep. I bought a pack of convertors for less than £5 off Amazon - maybe this is worth a post itself!


These aren't standard micro-USB-C adapter unfortunately, you need one of these to work with it. I've bought one myself and it works fine with the S8+

Anyone know if this works with Galaxy A5 (2017) Smartphone?

Shinoke26th Aug

Will this work with the Note 4?I only see the Note 5 or above …Will this work with the Note 4?I only see the Note 5 or above mentioned...Any rumours of a new version out soon?


Yes it works with the note 4.

Will this work with the note 8 when I comes out?

huntmark25th Aug

Quick heads up, if you know someone who has access to a blue light account …Quick heads up, if you know someone who has access to a blue light account (NHS discounts) you can get this for £35


I have an account but cant see the discount on the VR2?

I have one and they are great, not comparable to the cheaper £20 options you can get from gadget shops or those cardboard options. I've tried loads & this is the best you can get for a mobile before moving onto console headsets. The quality of the lens, the viewing angles are calibrated better and it keeps the light out better. The whole thing feels more solid and it interfaces with your phone without needing additional batteries it runs off the phones power.
Some pointers based on questions I spotted :-
- works fine with s8
- adapters needed for USB C are special ones specific to the gearVR
- the VR2 doesn't come with the new gear vr controller (which is really good)
- has built in touchpad on headset to control onscreen with buttons for back, menu and volume etc (ok for general browsing and watching vid & Netflix not the best for gaming so recommend getting a Bluetooth controller)
- can make you a bit nauseous/sick first couple of times you use it like with the playstationVR, but after a few more short uses you brain adjusts and copes with the disorientation.
- ok for games haven't played anything amazing yet, but I only play free games,might be some decent ones to pay for, but I use mine for watching downloaded movies, YouTube & Netflix, feels like your in a cinema (headphones on lying on your back in bed you can watch movies without waking up the other half lol)
- runs oculus store automatically when you plug phone in, which has a greater range of dedicated apps for vr than just google cardboard.


Hopes this helps, their cool but not life changing. I'm after the new official Samsung gear controller that comes with the latest version of the headset if anyone knows any deals? The cheapest I've seen is £35 (just for the controller) happy to buy direct if someone has one the don't want/use .
Edited by: "1goodfella" 30th Aug

helloyoufool25th Aug

I've just bought a compatible phone (Note 7 FE!) - are these just …I've just bought a compatible phone (Note 7 FE!) - are these just glorified cardboard devices or do they have a use/wow factor above this?p.s.£12 for a type c converter is a little steep. I bought a pack of convertors for less than £5 off Amazon - maybe this is worth a post itself!




Note 7 FE. Where did you get that from and how much was it?

bfam46 m ago

Note 7 FE. Where did you get that from and how much was it?


I purchased from ebay (buyabox). It is sent from UK (Salford - although listing states Ireland) so no additional import duty. It was around £580 which was the cheapest I'd seen but they do seem to go up and down. If you can push to it I would go for the Note 8 deal from Very - only £100 more if it is still available. I'm a bit annoyed I didn't wait.

Thanks for this, been keeping an eye out on Gumtree for a cheap one after I sold my Oculus Rift DK2, but this is even cheaper than a second hand unit, ordered!

Original Poster

Anyone have any tips with how to deal with overheating issues? I have the s6 and after a bit of use.... It overheats!

yetanotherdave29th Aug

These aren't standard micro-USB-C adapter unfortunately, you need one of …These aren't standard micro-USB-C adapter unfortunately, you need one of these to work with it. I've bought one myself and it works fine with the S8+


My order for this came 2 days ago and not only was I provided the USB C alternate connector as well as the old mini USB but they also sent me a mini USB to USB C adapter bundled in the box! Some people reported getting just an adapter but I also got the correct USB C connector which goes directly into the gear VR headset. Thanks Samsung!

The headset works really well, however one thing I've found is that for anyone planning to use it with a S8+ and you have a tempered glass screen protector on your cherish device then you might have issues connecting the clamp-like USB C connector as the screen protector makes it just that little bit too thick to connect comfortably. For some stupid reason the USB C port on the S8+ is angled downwards and it's hard to connect the gear VR onto it, especially if you have a tempered glass screen protector on like myself

Nevertheless, a great headset! Especially at £35!

helloyoufool22 h, 43 m ago

I purchased from ebay (buyabox). It is sent from UK (Salford - although …I purchased from ebay (buyabox). It is sent from UK (Salford - although listing states Ireland) so no additional import duty. It was around £580 which was the cheapest I'd seen but they do seem to go up and down. If you can push to it I would go for the Note 8 deal from Very - only £100 more if it is still available. I'm a bit annoyed I didn't wait.


Cheers buddy

yetanotherdave29th Aug

These aren't standard micro-USB-C adapter unfortunately, you need one of …These aren't standard micro-USB-C adapter unfortunately, you need one of these to work with it. I've bought one myself and it works fine with the S8+

I can confirm that mine came through today and already had the USB C connector as it supported the Note 7.

buliztik26th Aug

Thanks man! You just got me the headset cheaper!

Perfect. Thanks. I'm loving it.
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Mine came with already connector and one spare adopter aswel. I'm using it with my s8+ and it works flawlessly
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