Samsung Gear VR (for Note 8) hands-on


When you grow a few inches and can't fit into your usual stuff, then it's time for a brand new wardrobe. That's exactly where the just announced Samsung Galaxy Note 8 finds itself, as it's longer length and slightly wider waistline doesn't allow it to fit the most recent version of the Samsung Gear VR – the "new" one released alongside the Galaxy S8 and S8+ from earlier in the year. Knowing that, it means that we're being introduced to yet another, newer version of the Samsung Gear VR.

Visually, it doesn't deviate from the same design language as before with its plastic body, padded cushioning, and fit. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to even realize that this is an entirely new version, but it is! Due to the larger overall size of the Note 8, the Gear VR has been modified to accommodate the new phone because the previous version doesn't allow it. Now that the compartment area where the Note 8 rests in is larger, it'll not only fit the new phone, but the others as well in the line,  like the Galaxy S8 and S8+. 

Samsung Gear VR (for Note 8) hands-on


Other minor changes we're told is the slightly different hue with the paint job, which again is probably something most people wouldn't realize is new. And finally, the overall size of the headset is a smidgen smaller than the previous version. Again, both changes are hardly noticeable, but those are pretty much the new changes with the VR headset.

In our short time checking it out, the mobile VR experience follows in the same manner as before – including the use of the motion controller in certain titles. Looking through the lenses in the headset, there's nothing out of the ordinary with its field of view. It's neither wider or narrower from what we've seen with the previous version. 

Samsung Gear VR (for Note 8) hands-on


Owners of the previous version will have to buy this new one if they intend on getting the Note 8 and experiencing mobile VR, which will incur an additional cost because it's an entirely new headset. Pricing here in the US for the new Samsung Gear VR with Controller will be $129.99 when it officially goes on sale starting on September 15th. However, that pricing might be different overseas in other markets. Even though the Note 8 is more than adequate in providing a convincing mobile VR experience, it's just a bummer that you can't use the previous version of the Gear VR with it.

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Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)

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21 Comments

1. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

"We can only wish & envy......." - iTrolls

2. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

It's a bit sad, and extremely petty, that you feel the need to bash people who like iPhones lol. It definitely shows your character.

3. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

If you were offended & don't know the difference between people who like iPhones and iTrolls, then you already know you're an iTroll. That's your character lol.

4. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

I'm an iTroll even though I'm currently using a Meizu Pro 7 Plus, using a Microsoft Studio as my computer, and a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 for my tablet lol? How does that make sense....?

5. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

I own 47% of apple, 38% of samsung, 21% of google, 27% of MS, have over 470 billion dollars in my bank account. 3 private jets, 2 submarines, a few yachts, over dozen skyscrapers all over the world, 15 victoria's secret model girlfriends. Man, it's really easy to talk sh!t on the internet. How does that make sense, iTroll?

6. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

Wtf lol? Your're the one that's talking s**t. I was just naming the devices I own lol. Take it down a notch. Goof.

7. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Little sh!t = Big sh!t = Same Sh!t , iTroll lol

8. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

fyah_king v2.0

9. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Mxyflashdabitchmite's boyfriend

12. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Honestly, that's what I call a cool story bro. Such a riveting tale, I honestly copy and pasted it to word, saved on my hard drive, backed it up on a jump drive, drove to the bank, put the jump drive in the safe deposit box, and will leave it there until my kids turn about 12 (when they can actually state their age, and ask what it is I'm showing them), when I will pick it up, put it in an old USB drive reader and relay this cool story to them and tell them, "kids, this is what a cool story should look and sound like...not like the stories your generation tells."

13. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

"Honestly, that's what I call a cool story bro. Such a riveting tale, I honestly copy and pasted it to word, saved on my hard drive, backed it up on a jump drive, drove to the bank, put the jump drive in the safe deposit box, and will leave it there until my kids turn about 12 (when they can actually state their age, and ask what it is I'm showing them), when I will pick it up, put it in an old USB drive reader and relay this cool story to them and tell them, "kids, this is what a cool story should look and sound like...not like the stories your generation tells." " kiko da kellyanne conway of PA approved translation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQ6OlPbM6x4

18. epdm2be

Posts: 816; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I own 0% of Apple, 0% of Samsung, 0% of Google, 0% of MS, have no bankaccount at all, walk, crawl or just stand still, the only thing I do with water is drink it, I live in a cardboard box and Victoria Secret models run away from me. And I don't talk s**t but eat it. I'm Joe Regular. You know, that guy that gets f**ked over by corporations and companies that want me to buy their useless crap.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 6897; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Look, let's bring out the facts on this matter. Apple themselves do not support VR. iPhone's have really low resolution displays compared to any smartphone with a QHD or higher resolution display. As a matter of fact an iPhone 7 is pushing only a 1/4 the pixels compared to an S6, S7, S8, Note 5, Note 7, and now Note 8. Even the iPhone 7 plus is pushing only 1/2 the pixels of the Note 8. So if users really want to try or use VR, then Apple is something that shouldn't be used.

11. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

What's the resolution on the PS4 VR?

14. sgodsell

Posts: 6897; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The PS4 VR is 960x1080 per eye. Or it has a resolution of 1920x1080, and it has a 100 degrees for a field of view, plus it operates at up to 120 hz. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have a resolution of 1080x1200 per eye or 2160x1200 at 90 hz. Resolution is a big part, but the headset, FOV, refresh rates, and user controls are also very important. Btw I have the Oculus Rift and PS VR. Not to mention Gear VR and Daydream VR as well. So I definitely know what I am talking about when it comes to VR. Oh, and yes Apple is lacking in this area.

16. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Nice. Same resolution as the iP7+ which "something shouldn't be used".

19. epdm2be

Posts: 816; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Wouldn't a regular RGB-matrix at the same resolution e.g. FHD 1080p, be sharper for VR then the same on pentile display? Has anyone tried?

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes! An iTroll is not a person who loves to use APple products. Because I have plenty of friends who use Apple products, who don;t act liek the fools here. Using other products, doesn't mean you can't be a troll for Apple. Many iTrolls here use Apple and non-Apple products.

15. Camilla81

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 18, 2017

Anyone knows if the app pairing will come to the normal s8?

17. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

When I bought my S7 Edge, I got a Gear VR for free. I used it 2-3 times and that's it, it now collects dust (although it works quite well).

21. talon95

Posts: 985; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

It's pretty lame when Samsung can't design a headset that works with all past and future phones. They are themselves killing all interest in VR by having no plan and no compatibility. They're saying, don't invest in our VR, it will be obsolete in 6 months.

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