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77 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Oculus VR and Samsung's Gear VR virtual reality headset is an enticing first taste of the potential future of a new medium. It's light, comfortable and -- most importantly -- accessible. Gear VR is the most usablevirtual reality headset we've ever tried, and the first to market after several years of hype. At the same time, an extremely limited selection of software and functionality makes Gear VR live up to its "Innovator Edition" alias: It's a device intended for early adopters and virtual reality enthusiasts, not the mainstream. At least for now.

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Pros
  • Incredibly accessible
  • Light, comfortable, attractive
  • Extremely impressive visuals
Cons
  • Limited functionality
  • Extremely limited software library
  • Requires a Note 4, making it very expensive
77 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

77
 

User Reviews

100
Macky10i
One of the best gadget on our generation .. the feeling of using it is really...read more
90
ericfassbender
This is the first true VR headset for the consumer market. Extremely low latency...read more
100
LRGDNA
This is my first venture into VR and I am in awe of how great it works. I've...read more
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100
Macky10i
11.13.15
One of the best gadget on our generation .. the feeling of using it is really "Wow" !! .. it will take you to places you've never been before, amazing gaming experiences and many more !! ! !
 
90
ericfassbender
02.02.15
This is the first true VR headset for the consumer market. Extremely low latency and very good menu system. Build quality is great. Only downsides are that you can only use it with the Note 4 and that no content is available. Saying that, some great relaxation content is available at http://www.feeltherelaxation.com/products/dream-beach-australia-360-degree-full-hd-vr-video-for-oculus-rift-samsung-gear-vr-and-zeiss-vr-one
 
100
LRGDNA
12.29.14
This is my first venture into VR and I am in awe of how great it works. I've had countless coworkers, friends and family try it with everyone loving it. Can't wait for more software.
 
100
hagg87
12.27.14
The Virtual Reality experience on this is amazing, just needs positional tracking (and more content). It's amazing what Samsung and Oculus have accomplished using a mobile phone in such a short time period.
 
90
Tommart
12.26.14
Good variety of free software to show potential. However there is no software that is a killer game or app - yet. The games are too childish. I like the concert videos but hope the video and audio quality are improved. Like that I can view photos and videos from my phone. Hope it later supports streaming - like Netflix. I am glad I bought it.