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Reviews are in: Samsung's Gear VR is a major hit

This feature was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and Samsung. Vox Media editorial staff was not involved in the creation or production of this content.

When it comes to virtual reality, the future has never felt closer than with Samsung's Gear VR headset. Powered by Oculus, the headset costs just $99, and all you'll need to run it is one of Samsung's Galaxy smartphones. With it, you'll immerse yourself in a world of groundbreaking games, video content, and more. Selling out in record speed, it's clear the highly anticipated device will change gaming, technology, and entertainment. And the critics agree. Here's a look at some glowing reviews from across Twitter.

The Atari 2600 is credited as the device that transported gaming from the arcade into living rooms. This reviewer sees Gear VR as the virtual reality equivalent of the 2600, bringing a high-quality VR experience to the masses for the first time. Don't let the low price tag fool you, he adds, as the system is smooth and engulfs the imagination.

Reviewers are reluctant to use the word "magic" to describe new technology. But the Samsung Gear VR earned magic marks from this reviewer. The experience of being transported to another world through the crisp VR experience was enough to take his breath away. Best of all, the the market-ready version of headset won marks for comfort and its sleek design.

While the lightweight Samsung Gear VR headset and its powerful combo with Galaxy phone are impressive, for this reviewer it's all about the content. The wide variety of games — with an emphasis on first-person shooters — was especially noteworthy. From the playful cartoonish VR Karts to Land's End, a sprawling, explorable universe is easily and enjoyable to get lost in. This reviewer recommends a pair of over-ear headphones for the full immersive experience. Just don't get too lost in a virtual world and miss your stop on the train — or worse, give a new meaning to ROFL with a particularly funny VR world.

Technologists and gamers have a longheld fascination with VR. But as this reviewer points out, the Samsung Gear VR is the first product to bring this dream to a widespread commercial audience. In other words, the age of VR finally is here, and the Samsung Gear VR is paving the way. The experience of using the product itself is — as this reviewer points out — indescribable, but the way it works is not. The controls are responsive, intuitive, and effective. Images don't lag. And the bottom line is, this is a seriously immersive VR experience for a seriously accessible price.

Technology trends come and go. While many of us thought 3D televisions would be making their way into our living rooms, they proved to be just a flash in the pan. Virtual reality, however, won't fall into the here-today-gone-tomorrow camp, this reviewer contends. Instead, Samsung's Gear VR is a clear view at the future of entertainment. Stunning visuals, immersive worlds, and new avenues of creative expression for filmmakers and game developers.

This feature was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and Samsung. Vox Media editorial staff was not involved in the creation or production of this content.


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