Samsung Gear VR is a virtual reality headset that, not unlike the Oculus Rift, is mounted on your face with two adjustable head straps that place it securely over your eyes for a more immersive experience. Once positioned properly, the Gear VR displays images through individual lenses to your eyes to provide you with a virtual reality experience. It was announced alongside the Galaxy Note 4 in 2014, but has since been updated with a new version alongside the Galaxy Note 7.
The Gear VR reacts to your movements through a variety of sensors, as well as input from a touchpad and button on the left side of the unit. It can output audio through speakers or to connected Bluetooth wireless headsets.
The Gear VR is essentially useless without a phone, connecting to any recent Galaxy phone, including the Galaxy S7, S7 edge or Note 7. This helps keep the Gear VR light, and also removes the need for any additional cables or connected external devices. It does limit the power of the Gear VR compared to other computer-connected headsets, however. In partnership with Oculus, Gear VR users can access a wide range of content, including games, movies and news. It bares the "Powered by Oculus" branding in both hardware and software, and there's no doubt that some of the virtual reality expertise from Oculus has made the Gear VR more powerful.
The Gear VR is available at a variety of retailers including Amazon, Best Buy and major device carriers for $99.