Product Comparison: Oculus Rift vs Samsung Gear VR (2017)

General Specifications
Gear VR (2017)
About the Product
Step into Rift. Whether you're stepping into your favorite game, watching an immersive VR movie, jumping to a destination on the other side of the world, or just spending time with friends in VR, you'll feel like you're really there.
Samsung Gear VR transforms virtual reality with a new handheld controller that seamlessly responds to organic, human movements in virtual experiences. Every move, from turning and grabbing to pointing and lifting, is naturally connected from physical to virtual, making it more intuitive and spellbinding than ever before. Flying through the Alps, watching a film with a far-off friend, experiencing a festival across the globe, and employing the superpowers of your game’s character – your world just got infinitely bigger.
Key Specs
Movement Tracking
Control Type
Remote controller
Remote controller
Proximity Sensor
Accelerometer Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset
  • Best Buy and Microsoft Retail offer demos of the Rift and Vive, respectively. The Vive's 360 degree movement is awesome. If you have the space and budget...and don't mind the additional setup...this may be for you. If you're wanting something a bit more accessible, the Rift will check the box.
  • Its a great product , fairly easy to set up , I have 3 sensors and it is incredibly acurate how it tracks hand movement with the touch controllers , I use a usb-c hub without issues , and getting games for it is very easy in steam or its own store.
  • Warning to anyone afraid of heights! It seems real! Also have to avoid the games with fast movement because I get motion sick, but I L O V E most of the games!
  • The games like Rec Room are probably better when you have 360 sensors, but I've not bought the 3rd sensor for 360 gameplay.
  • The sensor worked well. I wish there was a way to set my screen in any orientation I wanted. IE calibrate the screen for sideways viewing especially for beds since my room was a BED-room.
  • I also think that you need to add more movement to the VR to get a better sense of immersion, similar to the HTC Vive with room detection.
Samsung Gear VR (2017) Virtual Reality Headset with Controller
  • At the reasonable price point, the image quality impressed me; the pixels of the phone are still somewhat visible but this may continue to be improved as phone screen resolutions continue to evolve.
  • With an S8, the quality is nearing that of an oculus although the FOV is lesser, but it is wireless which is a plus. I work for a 3D graphics firm and we use this all the time.
  • This thing is awesome! The video is so clear, and it runs so smooth on my new Note 8. The oculus app has so many awesome videos to watch and apps to play, you will not get bored anytime soon. Motion sickness? Non existent!
  • The controller is comes with works really well too, it's better than the Nintendo remotes in terms of accuracy and response. The Netflix app is absolutely killer as well!
  • Image quality isn’t as refined as higher end VR headsets (such as the PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift)
  • Many games require the purchase of an additional Bluetooth game controller
Size & Weight
15.4 in.
3.9 in.
6.5 in.
8.2 in.
12.1 in.
4.8 in.
183.2 oz.
12.1 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset
  • Now ive read alot about glasses problems. I wear glasses and i can say that I have no issue with using the oculus. I have a smaller head and wear kid size glasses though.
  • Sound is actually quite good for it's size, so no need to use a headphones and that simplifies usage a lot.
  • I had read about many folks having problems with light coming in through the "nose gap", but I have not noticed this at all. I'd say I have a normal size face and nose; so if you're super skinny and and have a tiny nose you may experience this more than others.
  • VERY well built for such a delicate device. Some people complain about the gap around the nose piece, but if you take the time to really fit the thing to your head it's barely noticeable, and helps to provide a little bit of ventilation.
  • The nose gap was a poor design choice! The size of your nose will determine how much of the outside world you will CONSTANTLY see.
  • Can only take an hour or so, after head and eyes starts to hurt
Samsung Gear VR (2017) Virtual Reality Headset with Controller
  • Sleek, comfortable, and lightweight
  • HEADSET: Black, solid quality plastic-body with two head strap adjustments and it makes a LOT of sense to have the one going above your head for support to carry off the weight of the mobile phone.
  • Pretty comfortable, especially around the eyes where the padding snuggly fits to block out the ambient light.
  • It is very simple to use and comfortable just make sure your phone is charged before you use it.
  • It can feel a bit front-heavy due to the mobile so be aware of you dropping your head down as it may happen faster.
Display Type
Field Of View
110 °
101 °
Focus Adjustment Wheel
Interpupillary Distance Adjustment
D-Pad, L/R Sticks, YXBA buttons, L/R Triggers, L/R Bumpers, Connect button, Start button, Back button, X-Box guide button, Select button, Touch Surface, Home button
Touch panel, Home button, Back button, Volume buttons
Intuitive Exploring with Oculus Remote, Integrated VR Audio, A Sensor Designed for VR, Great Games Deserve a Great Controller, Featured VR Games
Compatible with samsung galaxy devices, Bluetooth v4.2 BLE, Android Lollipop 5.0 or later, 360° viewing
Adjustable Headband
Integrated Speaker(s)
Integrated Microphone
Power Source
Built-in rechargeable battery
Need no power supply
What customers say about "Features"
Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset
  • Sound quality is very good, lenses seem to have glare when you look at white font on the .... well cant say screen, but white fonts glare.
  • It fits almost perfectly, you can customize it so well. It doesn't make you sweat (but the games might) and sound system is surprisingly good. I really enjoyed this, especially with Oculus Touch controllers. Really good fun.
  • Limited VR software availability, and what there is, well much of the software is only of passing interest.
  • Other than that, I think VR is fun, the Oculus Touch controllers are worth purchasing because the Xbox One controller that comes with this is only good for certain games. This is the Xbox 360 and Xbox One Kinect experience I wanted for years.
  • Setup was easy, using the Oculus store is intuitive and the free apps can fill your first day experimenting. Setting up 3rd party apps like Steam are more difficult than they should be.
  • The image was blurry and poorly resolved in just about all the positions I tried wearing it. Ghosting was pretty noticeable. Glare was also an issue.
Samsung Gear VR (2017) Virtual Reality Headset with Controller
  • Can charge your phone through the headset (with cable)
  • With Samsung PhoneCast you can operate most of your phone apps and games through the headset
  • A few good apps like Face Your Fear, Titans of Space, but not much else.
  • Only works with Samsung flagship phones (with the Galaxy Note 8 requiring its own specific edition of the headset due to its size)
  • Plastic lenses that constantly fog up - have to use a spray to prevent fogging up
  • Limited content that looks like they are no longer being updated or uploaded
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
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