Virtually There: The Hard Reality of the Gear VR


gear with phone.0Releasing the Gear VR headset the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday in the US was one of the smartest decisions Oculus and Samsung ever made. For a medium that’s stereotypically asocial, virtual reality turns out to be a fantastic form of family bonding — little is more fun than defusing bombs with the people you love, or showing your parents their very first 360-degree video. For the holiday weekend, my Gear VR review unit was more than a gadget; it was a portal to completely new experiences.

But when the holidays are over, what will happen to the Gear VR? Is the headset a novelty or, as many of its developers and fans suggest, the start of a new medium? Once you’ve given everyone you know five minutes of virtual reality…

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