Last Christmas season, the biggest toy of the season was the hoverboard. I have three sons and three hoverboards at home. Luckily we only had to buy one for Markus, because Tito Quark gave one to Ben and Tito Dennis and Tita Chame gave one to Christian.
This year however, I feel it’s all about the Samsung Gear VR (virtual reality).
I received mine recently and I can’t tell you how many times the boys asked me when they could get their hands on it. Not right away because first I had to fully charge my phone to use it.
But wait. Here are a few things you need to know about the Samsung Gear VR.
2) It runs on with an Oculus app, which you can only download after connecting your Samsung phone to it.
3) Make sure your phone is fully charged because the Samsung Gear VR only runs on your phone’s power source (no batteries!). The downside—I can’t use my phone while the kids are using them (ugh!).
4) Connecting the phone can be tricky. There is a micro USB plug on the Samsung Gear VR that connects to your phone. After you connect those, snap it in and secure with the latches.
(The Samsung Gear VR also comes with a black cover. Take note however that the phone will tend to heat up, so I’m going to try using this without the cover to see if it is less hot without cover.)
5) After you connecting your phone for the first time, you will be prompted to download the Oculus app, where you need to create an account. You’ll also need a credit card to download games, although the Gear VR is pre-loaded with trailers and videos.
You can have loads of fun solving third-person adventure games such as Herobound: Spirit Champion and Adventure Time, or unlocking mysteries and exploring pathways with Land’s End. Shooter game fans will also have a blast with Viral, Smash Hit and Eve: Gunjack, which take users at center of the action with stunning graphics.
You can also enjoy apps like Oculus Video and Netflix—can’t wait to watch horror!!
With the Oculus Social app, Gear VR users from all over the world can hang out in a virtual movie theater while watching videos on Vimeo and Twitch.
6) There’s a setting on the Samsung Gear VR that allows you to adjust the image to your eyes. Both my sons wear glasses, but with the Samsung Gear VR, no need!
7) Best to use the tutorial first because this isn’t a plug-and-play gadget and that’s me talking (I’m a techie). Some of the buttons are very sensitive and there’s a tendency for the user to touch the wrong buttons.
8) It needs Wifi to work!!
9) The Samsung Gear VR is already available at Samsung stores or if you’re a Smart subscriber, you can sign up HERE.
To know more, go to http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/wearables/gear-vr/.