Updated 14 Feb 2017

Samsung

New Gear VR (SM-R323)

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

New Gear VR (SM-R323)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$200

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Test results

Overall score
69
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
  • Noticeable motion blur
  • Instructions say not use while wearing glasses

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
$200
Shipping cost
$0

Specifications

Weight (g)
308
Scope WxH (mm)
207 x 87
Display type
Phone-based
Resolution
Phone-based
Field of view (degrees)
101
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