Updated 14 Feb 2017

Samsung

Gear VR (SM-R322)

Snapshot: The Samsung Gear VR is a phone-based VR headset that gives you freedom of movement with no cables. But how does it perform?

Gear VR (SM-R322)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$194

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Test results

Overall score
68
User comfort
?/10
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • OK user comfort
  • Good performance
  • Easy to use
  • No cables

But

  • All resolution and sensors are based on phone used
  • No motion tracking
  • Fogginess was an issue at times
  • Narrow field of view
  • Instructions say not use while wearing glasses

First Look review

Back in 2015 when the Gear VR was brand new, tech writer Hadyn Green tried it on for size.

Read his review.

How we test

User comfort score (40%) - A judgement after a 10-minute session by our tester, which considers the following aspects of each headset: sizing and adjustments, padding, heat and fogginess, cable management and freedom of movement, and the comfort of any supplied controllers and navigation methods.

Performance (35%) - A judgement by our tester of the following elements: image detail, headset field of view, image focus, image blurring, tracking latency, and overall immersion.

Ease of use (25%) - The process of installing and getting each headset up and running; driver and firmware updates are taken into consideration, in addition to downloading and installing content, such as games and experiences; the control method for each headset is also assessed.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$194
Shipping cost
$0

Specifications

Weight (g)
285
Scope WxH (mm)
201 x 86
Display type
Phone-based
Resolution
Phone-based
Field of view (degrees)
96
Refresh rate
n/a
Level of involvement
Head movement

Hardware

Hardware grade
Mid-range
Hardware required
Phone
Recommended hardware specs
Samsung Galaxy S7, S7e, Note5, S6e+, S6, or S6e smartphone
Minimum hardware specs
Samsung Galaxy S7, S7e, Note5, S6e+, S6, or S6e smartphone

Features

Head tracking
×
Motion tracking
×
Sensors in headset
Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity
VR platform
Oculus
App store
Oculus
VR type
Standing or sitting
Best VR experience
Consuming video and photo content
Physical connection type
Micro-USB
Link box
×
Hand-held controller
×
Controller
Touchpad and buttons on headset
Create own content
Yes, 360-degree photos and videos