**The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free
I’ve been fascinated by the possibilities of virtual reality since childhood, the science fiction books I read helping to spin wild fantasies of breathtaking virtual worlds limited only by my ability to imagine. Through the years, some of the VR offerings I’ve seen have been clunky or just haven’t lived up to the hype. Still, I remain optimistic and Samsung’s new Gear VR has me totally geeked out.
Gear VR is a completely mobile virtual reality device developed in partnership with Oculus. The Oculus Video app lets you customize trailers, clips and your own movie files as well as your virtual environment. Imagine watching exciting new shows while on the surface of the moon- now you can! You can also purchase films and television shows right through the app.
The device isn’t just for watching movies, though. You can also immerse yourself in games and spend time socializing with friends. Plus there are experiences you’ve never had before on any platform. For instance, Jurassic World Apatosaurus allows you to wander through a prehistoric forest, giving you a sense of awe and wonder at how it might feel to be transported back in time.
You also have access to Samsung’s Milk VR, which provides video unlike any before. You’re fully immersed in 360° virtual adventures- from swimming with sharks to world travel to live music experiences or following the daily lives of celebrities.
The best thing is how easy it is to use. You simply snap your Galaxy smartphone into the comfortably wearable Samsung Gear VR headband and you’re set. This technology is only from Samsung and Oculus, you won’t find it elsewhere.
If your dad is anything like mine, he’s impossible to buy for yet one of the people you would most like to treat. I can promise you the Gear VR is one thing he probably does not have yet but would love! Father’s Day would be the perfect time to surprise him with this gem. (Though I know you’re going to be tempted to snag one for yourself as well.)
Best Buy is offering a great deal from 6/5 to 6/18 online or in stores. You can receive a FREE Samsung Gear VR, plus $50 of Virtual Reality content with purchase, or lease, and activation of select Samsung Smartphones.