Video: At the end of yesterday's launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8, the company wrapped things up with an awesome ad. It has ostriches, it has a Gear VR, and it is a legit laugh riot.
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Samsung's Gear VR has always been one of the most accessible and more popular platforms for virtual reality, but it's been hampered by a lack of any reasonable input method for too long. Until now. Launching alongside the new Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung's refreshed Gear VR includes a wireless, motion-sensitive controller with a trigger that seems to be screaming out for a virtual reality reimagining of Time Crisis or Point Blank.
The brand new Samsung Galaxy S8, just introduced to the world at Unpacked in New York, is Samsung's best phone ever. It's the most powerful, with an innovative screen and a design that's incredibly refined. It has Bixby, a voice agent that wants to be just as useful and integral to your phone as touch already is. It has a new motion-sensitive Gear VR headset and works with a new high-resolution Gear 360 camera.
At the same time, there's no one standout feature or gimmick with the new phone from the world's largest phone maker that makes you go wow -- after travelling the rocky road paved by the Galaxy Note7, Samsung is concentrating on getting the basics right with the S8 and larger S8+.
The Samsung Galaxy Note7 is dead. Samsung won't build or sell any more after ongoing battery fire issues, and it wants customers to return every single one for a refund or an exchange to a different phone. Even if you keep your phone -- and you shouldn't -- it's being gimped more and more with over-the-air updates; first the battery charge was capped at 60 per cent, now Oculus has stopped the Note7 from working with its Gear VR virtual reality headset.
The Samsung Gear VR is one of the easiest ways to experience virtual reality, but some users are learning that convenience comes with its costs. Owners of Samsung phones such as the S6, S6 Edge, S7 and S7 Edge are reporting that Oculus app is destroying their phone's battery life.
If you have a relatively recent Samsung Galaxy smartphone, your phone works with the Gear VR, a mobile virtual reality headset that clips said phone into place and runs an Oculus app with a bunch of different games and virtual reality experiences. The headset is usually over $150, but you can find it for as little as $88 today through this deal.
We get it, OK? Virtual reality -- it's all very exciting and cool. Who wouldn't want to be transported to another world that's way more awesome than this one? But Samsung, who's known for overdoing it, is now turning popular roller coasters across North America into insane torture machines using Gear VR headsets.
It's a common story in technology. Hardware always develops faster than the content enjoyed on it. Ultra-high definition (better known as 4K) televisions fought the problem, and virtual reality can't escape a similar battle. So Samsung is taking the matter into its own hands, and yours, with the Gear 360.
Today was weird. Samsung's events are not something that usually fall under the definition of normal, but today was particularly crazy. See, I sat in a gigantic dark room filled with 5,000 other people while we watched the new Galaxy S7 phone being revealed -- through a VR headset. It was terrifying and cool, but mostly terrifying.
While a lot of VR apps and games allow you to tour a virtual version of a real-world art gallery, the Dalí Museum has taken that concept one step further, letting you go for a tour inside a beautiful painting by Salvador Dalí. The Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s Angelus, as seen above, has been lovingly rendered for a fly-through VR experience.
During Alphabet's earnings call last week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai spent several minutes talking about virtual reality, saying that Google Cardboard, the company's low-cost approach to VR, was "only the first step" towards much broader goals in the space. Now, a report from the Financial Times claims that Google's next step is closer than we thought.
Late last year, Apple Music released a virtual reality video featuring the musical stylings of U2. Directed by "immersive artist" Chris Milk, the clip shows off the potential of VR when money is no object. As I learned at CES, it also turns your headset into a Bono-fueled torture device.