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4 hours ago, rafaqat said:

Enjoying the Gear VR That arrived a couple of days ago. Not enjoying the phone overheating and games stuttering. Time to find an elegant cooling solution.

 

Yeh, that's what put me off eventually. There used to be a good reddit thread devoted to cooling your phone down and the 360 Security app was highly recommended and I used it to some success as it allows you to cool down your phone by stopping unneeded apps and repair the battery draining which also helped cooling. Certainly worth a try anyway.

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So I bought myself on of these yesterday and so far am very impressed. When you initially sign up you're given 5 free games so I downloaded one or two. I tried one which is supposed to be scary but just came off as boring. Something about a ghost jumping around the room and hiding behind things. Maybe it works better with headphones, but I just felt very detached. Another one was where a robot takes you up on a roof while things are shooting at you. I didn't get any sense of "Oh no I'm really high up" as the graphics severely let it down and reminded me of a tech demo from the early 2000's. 

 

Tried out a couple of videos and was impressed by the headtracking.  Some are better than others though as the ones which should really have excelled (like Discovery VR) looked like a blurry mess and compressed to hell which didn't make me feel like I was there at all. On the other hand there was one with voice narration on a glacier which was excellent. I think the Discovery VR is more of a software issue though as they just don't set the stream quality high enough. Other videos prove that it can be done well so they really need to look at this.

 

So... after reading several forums, a lot of people mentioned that... ahem... porn was amazing on this thing, so to make I got the full experience (innocently of course) I went to pornhub and found that you could stream the vr videos via a dedicated button for gear vr in the website. It was... actually quite scary how good it was! When they leaned in close to the camera, my brain was sometimes struggling to grasp that this wasn't real. If they got too close though the illusion was wrecked and it just blurred and hurt my eyes. Aside from that though, I think other vr experiences in the Samsung store / library could learn a thing or two from this on making the experiences seem more real by playing with the camera more.

 

Getting back to more high-brow matter, overall the resolution was ok. You could see the pixels but given the fact that this was a phone and not backed up by a mammoth pc, it is understandable. I really do think though when 4k screens come in with the s8 / s9, it's really going to push it to the next level.

 

Overall really positive for my first foray into VR :)

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Since youtube works like garbage on the GearVR, what's the best app to download youtube VR videos onto your PC so you can just use the Samsung VR app to watch them?

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Our new Gear VR game will be out soon!

It's called Augmented Empire, A Sci Fi strategy RPG featuring the voices of Kate Mulgrew, Nick Frost, and Doug Cockle (Geralt from The Witcher). If any of you have been wanting a solid 10+ hour, story rich game to play in VR, you might be interested in this.

 

Okay plug over. Sorry. Just so excited!

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That should hopefully not be the case. A lot of work into optimisation so that it can run fast for long periods of time as it doesn't need to use the phone's high power state. That said, it does run a lot better on s7 and s8 than s6

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Looks very interesting. I will likely give it a shot. 

Also slightly worried about performance and overheating in terms of playing a longish game on gear vr (I have an S6..), but I guess I can point a fan at my face.

 

How is the game controlled?

 

 

 

 

 

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It's implemented for the button controls, but not for pointing for a few reasons.

1. Since the game involves a lot of pointing downwards at the floor, it just didn't feel comfortable or intuitive to hold while selecting tiles.

2. Casting from the wrist, as opposed to the head, was too low an angle such that selecting back tiles was considerably harder than front tiles.

3. The asymmetrical layout of the maps meant that it felt different to select with the right hand to selecting with the left hand.

Sticking with gaze selection solved all three of these issues.

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I've just read all of this thread. What happened? Massively enthusiastic and interesting posts from a clearly smitten @Venice Cull  two years ago who now appears to have disappeared completely. No discussion of the recent GearVR controller either. Seems like the hype has died down a lot.

 

Anyway I've just ordered a new phone and I've seen that you can now pick up last year's headset (v2) for under £40, and the new controller for £30. Is it worth it? I'm probably going to get it anyway but any advice would be appreciated. Do I need another controller of the pad variety, for example, or is the Samsung one suffice? Will it work with Minecraft?

 

I take it there's no point getting the V3 headset as it's pretty much the same, but a lot more expensive? 

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I had mine at the same time as VC was making these posts. I had a great time with the games that were around at the time (Rocket Agent in particular) but haven't seen too much since which has stoked my interest. In general I really only get interested in free-roam stuff, whereas a lot of the new releases on this over the years seem to have been fixed-viewpoint games or on-rails. 

Haven't looked closely for a good while though so I have probably missed some gems. 

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I have one of these, but hardly ever use it, primarily because the phone's screen resolution just isn't there yet. It's 1440p, but at 3 inches from your eyeball 1440p looks pretty blocky.

 

I'd get back in once Samsung launch a 4k phone, which should dramatically fix this issue.

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59 minutes ago, Stanley said:

Is PSVR a lot better?

Yes. a LOT better.  Gear VR is like a beginners guide to VR.

 

However depending on what you have already (i.e PS4 console, move controllers etc) the entrance price is still quite steep but well worth it.

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9 hours ago, parrapatheslapper said:

I sold mine.  It did it's job and proved that VR was a really exciting prospect and essentially sold me a PSVR.

 

This was the same for me. The night I tried my Gear VR I was sold on the whole concept. Even though the resolution was pretty naff it still sucked you in. I still like to use mine for photos. If you've never tried VR before I'd say its a great jumping on point. 

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25 minutes ago, Stanley said:

I'll order one later:) im going to pick up the wand controller too.

 

Which apps and games are must haves?

I will have a think but some of the horror 'experiences' are pretty good.  Loads of demo's on the Oculus store as well which you get access to after connecting up the VR headset.  

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I like using mine for Netflix and my own 3D movies. I like that jet-pack game, the one were you fly around the city, and Dreadhalls is pretty scary, although it give's me a little motion sickness. I have PSVR and a Pro but I prefer my S7 and Gear VR for watching films like I say, laying back on the couch/bed completely untethered. The screen seems better than my PSVR to my eyes but the games can't compare. Definitely a fun little thing and a very effective way to try out VR. The thing is with me, what being an Edge reader from day one, I always loved the idea of VR and couldn't wait until it properly arrived, but now it's here I find I like the idea more than the reality. I still prefer my massive tv for gaming. Brilliant thing though and love having them here as an option.

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Is the Samsung controller any good? Not that I really need one - I've used my Xbox One controller a couple of times, and apart from it being a wee bit of a faff to get it synced at the beginning, it's been fine. 

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