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Explore virtual reality with your phone

It’s an exciting new era for virtual reality (VR) on smartphones.

Virtual reality headsets like the Samsung Gear VR and Keplar VR pro Goggles are opening up breath-taking new experiences for gaming, photos and videos on your mobile. And if you have one of the newer Samsung phones, you can clip it straight into a VR headset and dive right in.

Take a look at how virtual reality could open up three dimensions of discovery and immersive entertainment for you.

VR and you

Using VR is usually as simple as fitting your phone into your headset and firing up the app or game you want to use. However, we recommend you ensure the headset you want is compatible with your phone before you buy, and read the instructions carefully before use.

Remember to make sure your phone is securely fitted into the headset before you use it, and watch out for overheating – while this is unlikely, VR can be a big drain on power.

For casual and hardcore gamers alike, there’s a massive range of titles that push immersion further with VR. Build castles and fight monsters in Minecraft. Get trigger happy in space with sci-fi shooter Gunjack. Solve a spooky murder mystery in Dead Secret. Or crack puzzles in magical, tranquil landscapes with Land’s End. All of these are available on Samsung Gear VR, and other headsets.

VR offers plenty of springboards for diving deep into a connected, virtual experience – from Netflix to virtual chatroom Altspace VR, or immersive video hubs like Jaunt. Browse the web, use Streetview from within, or try brand new experiences like the artistic simulator The Night Café.

Not so long ago, the whole point of a smartphone seemed to be its unique ‘all-in-one’ capability – but now some manufacturers are actively challenging that status quo. The stunning range of accessories created for the modular LG G5 range and high-spec Samsung S7 range prove the point. Take 360-degree photos and video with the Samsung Gear 360 camera, then play it back on your Gear VR. Or enhance your LG G5 SE with unique modules that let you tailor your mobile experience – including the LG 360 VR headset.

Using VR is usually as simple as fitting your phone into your headset and firing up the app or game you want to use. However, we recommend you read the instructions carefully before use, and ensure the headset you want is compatible with your phone before you buy.

Other handy tips: Make sure your phone is securely fitted into the headset before you use it, and watch out for overheating – while this is unlikely, VR can be a big drain on power.

If you’re after innovative tech that sits right on the cutting edge, VR is the place to be. From V-sports (yes, virtual reality sports) to subscription services for VR content to sensory feedback in gaming (touch, for example), VR will continue to push the limits of how we use and enjoy our devices. Augmented reality (AR) is also enjoying a golden age, and as smartphones become even more sophisticated the only boundaries may soon be our own imaginations (and maybe our phone’s battery life). With so much future potential, it’s a great time to master the basics.