Why You Never Knew You Needed a Gear VR

Updated March 11, 2016

If a travel agency offered to take you to the world's most exotic destinations for the price of a nice meal out, its phones would never stop ringing. That—and a whole lot more—is what you get when you add a Gear VR headset to your phone.

Live As it Happens

Wish you could catch the latest title fight in person? With the NextVR app, you can be part of it all, streaming live sports or news events in real time, as they happen. With multiple camera angles to feed your phone's Quad HD screen, you won't just be watching the action. You'll be right in the middle of it, immersed in the scene, as if you were there in person.

Big Screen, Small Space

If your living room is too small for a really large TV—or if someone else is hogging the one you've got—just snap your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge into the Gear VR to turn it into your own private viewing space. The screen fills your whole field of vision, so it's like having a personal theater for bingeing on TV shows..

Go Places

If you've always wanted to see the world but lacked the budget or time off, you need an app such as Oculus 360. See exotic locations from all over the world, but without bug bites, tedious flights or little green pills for your tummy. The Matterport app works much the same way, but for indoor spaces such as galleries and famous buildings.

Be the Music

If you have songs in your head but can't play an instrument, Soundscape is for you. You can use this innovative VR app to build your own tunes one piece at a time, just by scrolling and tapping. Kick out the jams on your own, or with up to two friends.

All Of the Above

How about the whole Internet? Gear VR brings ordinary sites to vivid new life, and turns 3D or VR-ready content—from any source —into an immersive experience. Your every passion, from DIY to muscle cars to gardening, is out there waiting.

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