Have you ever tried VR (Virtual Reality)?

Have you ever tried VR (Virtual Reality)?
It's no secret that the editorial team at PhoneArena isn't exactly crazy about super pixel-dense, Quad HD displays. Especially when such resolutions are offered in smartphones with a display the size of an adolescent's palm. Whatever specsmongers may say, that's just too little a physical area for all these extra dots to do much in terms of improving user experience. At the same time, the trade-offs are pretty significant: a higher strain on the processor and, therefore, more battery drain. 

Quad HD panels have one redeeming quality, however, and one that our readers are always happy to bring up: Virtual Reality, or VR for short. Indeed, when you have your phone slapped right on top of your nose, and it has to provide enough information for both your eyes, the more pixels, the better. In fact, even Quad HD is far from ideal for VR, and after testing out the Xperia Z4 Premium's 4K display at MWC 2016 just a week ago, we've got to say that even that's not detailed enough. 

So that's a solid advantage, right, well at home in the pro column? Absolutely... if you're actually part of the still elite minority of early VR adopters. In our experience, and from what we can tell, the vast, vast majority of people on the planet, even in westernized countries, have yet to experience VR, let alone own an actual VR headset. Of course, our audience—specifically users that consistently participate in polls such as this one—are far more tech savvy than the average Joe out there, so it's probably about time we took the opportunity to get a head count. Have you tried VR? Do you own a VR headset? Or is it still alien to you?

Have you ever tried VR (Virtual Reality)?

Yes, I've tried it once
11.7%
Yes, I've tried it a few times
10.35%
Yes, I own a VR headset
17%
No, I haven't
60.94%

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82 Comments

74. waqarzec

Posts: 77; Member since: May 09, 2013

But Oculus and Cardboard versions only

73. waqarzec

Posts: 77; Member since: May 09, 2013

Almost tries everyday ......yup coz a developer

71. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Samsung Gear VR with Note 5. Amazing. Soon Gear 360.

61. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

VR I feel is more kiddy than anything, sure is entertaining but productive? Not so much. I'm going to wait for AR, hopefully Hololens isn't far off.

68. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Good for you that you never do anything unproductive for pure entertainment's sake. What are you doing on this site? Unless you work as a phone industry analyst keeping up with the trends you should not procrastinate like this.

82. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I never said never, I do enjoy some FIFA.

60. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

Nope To busy exploring the real world.

55. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

the owner at my local arcade hosted a oculus rift demo party once. He give like 3 people free memberships for bringing their computers in and showcasing it off for who ever wanted to give it a try. it was pretty cool! few more years, i say it's going to be at that lever where it is really going to be something to acutely consider picking up

53. JayBEE

Posts: 182; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

I own a Carboard VR viewer I won at the past CES and recently helped my son build his own Carboard VR viewer (v2.0). Hoping if the Note 6 is buy worthy, that its pre-order offer will also include a Gear VR viewer.

48. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Back in the 90s I used one of the old arcade VR machines. But in the modern day I made my own Google Cardboard and bought a plastic VR headset for about £7 last year but the thing is useless because the lenses won't focus in far enough onto the screen meaning all I see is a blurry mess.

45. darealist

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

Yes and it's a dumb gimmick at best.

42. IOSANDROID

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

Am I the only one who noticed that it says xperia Z4 premium?

41. IOSANDROID

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

Am I the only one who noticed that it says xperia Z4 premium?

36. Shocky unregistered

I watched a few episodes Breaking Bad on Gear VR the other day through Netflix, it was a little pixelated but still very enjoyable. Once the resolution starts to increase with these they really will be incredible, however it will require a lot more horsepower than a mobile phone to make it happen, Gear VR is probably a good medium ground with regards to phones capability and display resolution.

40. Shubham412302

Posts: 595; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

thats where the 4k resolution of xperia z5 premium maybe usefull

52. Shocky unregistered

Maybe, but IPS displays are not being used for VR for a reason. Plus I doubt the phone will handle much content at that resolution, unless it's just video/images even then you would probably have to download the content first. Wonder how long it would take to overheat. :D

67. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Movies would be enough for me! I'd buy a 4k mobile VR in a heartbeat!

81. Plutonium239

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I found the resolution to be woefully inadequate, it looked worse than standard definition. Its unacceptable for VR, imo.

35. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Haven't tried it yet but really want too.

34. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I tried a Google cardboard presentation twice. It made me viciously motion sick.

58. Roshnishama

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

Me too, I had faced the same issue!

80. Plutonium239

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Most VR causes vertigo. AR is much better and more useful.

32. Shubham412302

Posts: 595; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

google cardboard is the cheapest way to watch movies in 3d

25. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

John V from PA is loosing lot of hair at the front, at a young age. Take control.

16. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

We all are living in a Virtual Reality. Only difference is that it's controlled by the "Guy in the Sky"... And when we wake up, we shall find ourselves in the Judgement Day... The life is a stage, and we are mere puppets! Now who's the puppeter? That my friends is the real question!

18. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

@GreenMan God is man-made, not the other way around. That my friend, is the real answer.

22. hexa-core.

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

God is spirit, not man-made! Are you kidding? www(dot)answersingenesis(dot)org/who-is-god/

27. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

True said. A spiritual. He could be in Pluto or Jupiter in seconds. Wow. What a power and Enigma he is.

28. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

"God is spirit, not man-made! Are you kidding?" Grown men, still believing in obvious fairy tales indoctrinated into them while they were ignorant children... that's why this is proof that gullible weak-minded people should be allowed to go extinct from the gene pool and not further reproduce.

33. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

It's just as ignorant to believe that everything came from nothing, that a big explosion created all matter and everything somehow organized so perfectly, that billions of years later some elements got together and created a cell, it somehow magically multiplied, developed into a thinking being (was it like, a bunch of brain cells just hanging out among the lava and hot water, thinking "I need to grow arms, legs and a digestive system so that I can gather food and eat and grow"?), and that that happened for millions of species all together. Scientific reasoning for life, then, is just as "ignorant". To me, if I'm going to be ignorant either way, I'd rather believe in something that gives my life some kind of meaning, and if you study the Bible deeply you will probably see that it is truth. And I say probably because many study it just to try to prove it wrong, and without an open mind, they will never understand what is in it.

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