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The Galaxy Note 10 doesn't work with the Gear VR headset

By midian182 · 7 replies
Aug 8, 2019
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  1. In addition to dropping the headphone jack—one of the last companies to do so—it seems Samsung is distancing itself from its Gear VR headset, which hasn’t seen any updates since 2017. The device wasn’t even mentioned during yesterday’s Unpacked event.

    The Gear VR seemed quite innovative at the time, allowing a better VR experience than Google Cardboard without having to buy an expensive PC-powered headset. But the initial novelty quickly wore off—I sold mine after a few months—especially with problems such as battery drain, poor graphical fidelity, overheating, and general discomfort.

    It appears that many consumers have lost interest in phone VR as a whole, with Google announcing that its budget Pixel 3a line wouldn’t support its Daydream VR platform. Additionally, all Galaxy S10 phones and the Galaxy Note 9 require an adapter to work with the Gear VR. The headset does have a product page on Samsung’s site, but it doesn’t appear available for purchase, and the most recent review is from nine months ago.

    While Samsung hasn’t officially announced the Note 10’s incompatibility with the Gear VR, Moor Insights & Strategy analyst Anshel Sag says the company did confirm to him that the two devices don’t work together. It’s unclear if Samsung will provide an adapter as it has done in the past, but don’t hold your breath.

    It looks as if the future of non-PC-powered VR devices are the standalone varieties such as the Oculus Quest, Vive Focus Plus, and Lenovo Mirage Solo.

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  2. SirDigby

    SirDigby TS Evangelist Posts: 513   +180

    VR has just turned out to be the biggest damp squib us cynics expected it to be.
    I remember back in 2013/14 everyone was talking about how it was the future of gaming and the future of cinema - I don't mean there aren't some incredible uses of the tech, but ultimately it remains a fringe technology with fringe content - a handful of big budge games support it, a bunch of indie games, some films, a lot of porn and niche applications in training for certain career paths - enough to keep the tech alive for a long time but not enough to entice the general public.


    Personally, I've found AR to be a lot more interesting. As a gamer and full time glasses wearer I was intrigued by the Google Glass in spite of the privacy concerns (RIP), I love the idea of having a minimap as I walk around cities for work or wherever the hell I am for holiday.

    Gaming for AR always seemed really fun too even if you look like a twazzock. Got a long way to go but I can see that being more useful in commercial, consumer and core services type scenarios.
     
  3. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,080   +3,614

    "VR is dead" is the new "PC is dead" trend. No, it's not dying and in fact investment in the space has never been higher.
     
  4. SirDigby

    SirDigby TS Evangelist Posts: 513   +180

    I didn't say it was dead mate :yum just didn't explode in the way everyone expected it would.
     
  5. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,080   +3,614

    "VR has just turned out to be the biggest damp squib us cynics expected it to be"

    The definition of a squib is

    "a small firework that burns with a hissing sound before exploding."

    squib by itself would have described what you say you were trying to convey. On the other hand adding "damp" implies that VR will never work correctly and should be thrown out. In case you didn't know, fireworks that have been wettened or dampened are worthless and no longer usable.
     
  6. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,506   +1,973

    After playing with the latest Quest I can confirm that VR is on the rise. People saying that it's dead are just oblivious of what is actually happening in the market right now.
     
  7. SirDigby

    SirDigby TS Evangelist Posts: 513   +180

    Sorry mate not sure if its a regional saying or not but sounds like you're taking what I'm saying literally. In the UK, a damp squib is a very common saying for an explosion that never goes off, or in other words - something that was hyped up a lot but doesn't surmount to much.

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  8. SirDigby

    SirDigby TS Evangelist Posts: 513   +180

    Again, not what I said. :joy:
     

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