Samsung Gear VR 3: What & When To Expect

  • Samsung Gear VR is one of the first and best mobile HMD’s on the market, created by Samsung as mentioned before is extremely versatile; other than the comfortable head strap and an acceptable weight of 318g (0.3KG), the device provides a relaxed gaming experiences, especially in those long marathons (if you don’t get nauseous that is).

    Samsung has been releasing different variants of the Gear VR, the first one, Samsung Gear VR 1 was released back in 2015 following by an improved variant Gear VR 2 in 2016 which included a few better features, made the whole skin a darker color to match the immensely popular galaxy S7 smartphone (blackish-dark blue color).

    This device included better software support, improved visuals and lenses and improved the overall design of the console and made objectively better.

    Samsung Gear VR 3 – Gear VR 2017 Expectations

    The newest VR headset by Samsung the Gear VR 3 or Gear VR 2017 is locked, loaded and ready to take you on an adventure ride in your favorite game, your favorite movie or app you want, what makes the Gear VR 3/2017 so unique is that they kept the best of the Gear VR 2016 and added more to it.

    Design

    Design wise, the Gear VR 2017 is actually similar to the 2016 model, with the sleek dark-blue blackish body, with the Samsung logo on the front cover, Velcro strips for head support and around the same weight as the previous model as well.

    The design is actually very good looking, this model is actually inspired by the most popular smartphone color for the Galaxy S7 and S7edge back in 2016, which was blueish-black. This same color was also applied with the previous Gear VR 2016 model, and had almost identical appearance and design.

    There is a strap built into the headset which acts as a housing for the precluded controller.

    Software

    The Samsung Gear VR 3 or 2017 will feature the same software vender which is Oculus, and the same software which is Oculus Home, this time around it will also have the support for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones due to be released around April.

    Although the Oculus Home doesn’t allow it to be used with apps made for other kinds of VR headsets (other than the Gear VR series), like the Google cardboard, you can easily download software which will let you –at least for Google CB- do that.

    Specs and Resolution
    • Lens: 42 mm
    • Field of View: 101 degrees
    • Connectivity: USB type C
    • Resolution: Depending on phone, S8 Paired with Device gives 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution


    Gear VR 3 Release date

    The release date of Samsung Gear VR 3 or 2017 is not yet confirmed, although the release date may be announced sometime in April around the same time the newest Galaxy S8 smartphones release. According to Rumors, the release date may also be a month earlier or later.

    Inclusions in Gear VR 2017

    Previous versions of Samsung Gear VR models lacked a necessity, which was an included controller which came with the device. This made it hard for any real gaming other than just moving your head around, and an after-market controller needed to be bought in order to enjoy the device to its fullest.What Samsung did is that they will now ship the Samsung Gear VR 2017 with a small form-factor controller which includes sensors.

    This controller is kind of basic, there is a trigger button, home, back and volume keys as well. The controller also comes with an accelerometer, gyro meter and magnetic sensors built right in.

    Included with the controller is a wrist strap offering a nice, comfortable wrist bind which will help when you’re not trying to fling the controller across the room and Oculus’ Touch peripherals. The controller also doesn’t need to get charged, it uses a single AAA battery inside which you can change whenever the need arises.

    Improvements in the Gear VR 3/2017 model

    The Gear VR 3 now comes with two 42mm lenses which have a field of view of 101 degrees, this offers improved distortion correction and reduced the motion sickness/ nausea you users felt while playing –although it won’t be gone for good- it will be less.

    More touchpad apps are in the works, a spokesperson from Samsung claimed that over 70 new controller titles are in the works which will work with the included remote controller.

    Price Forecast

    Pricing wise, the upcoming headset will be around the same as the previous one, which originally cost $100 and then was lowered to $79.99.

    The Google Daydream View costs the same as the gear vr 2016 currently costs at a $79.99 price, with an included controller. But, it offers a cloth headset and a much less premium feel as compared to the Gear VR.

    Conclusion

    Although Samsung has slightly improved the lenses and overall quality of the VR device somewhat, as well as included a controller in the box, the device retains its position as the best mobile VR device.
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