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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.

Create your own AR Emoji

Discover a whole new virtual world with the Samsung Galaxy Note9. It sports a brilliant 6.4-inch AMOLED screen, a clever Dual Aperture camera and AKG-tuned stereo speakers, so you can enjoy a fully immersed AR experience. Plus, you can turn any selfie or video into an AR Emoji to express yourself and share the fun with friends – or bring your messages to life even more by chatting as your favourite Disney or Pixar character.

Immerse yourself

With its stunning Super AMOLED Infinity Display, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is a premium choice for a mobile VR experience. Combine it with the amazing Gear VR headset and you can access a world-class range of content that’s constantly being updated. Play immersive and interactive games, view videos and photos as if you’re actually in them – and much more besides.

Capture your own world

Create and share your own immersive VR content with the Samsung Gear 360. It’s portable and easy to use with twin cameras that let you capture a full 360-degree view of the world as video or photo, while the 4K capability means your videos will be crystal clear. And five viewing modes let you create unique images at 15-megapixel resolution – you can even broadcast your creations live on social media.

Get in gear

Samsung’s Gear VR is widely recognised as one of the best mobile VR headsets available in terms of tech. Everything looks smooth with clear, vibrant colours – and it’s really easy to use. Samsung has also tweaked the Gear VR’s design to make it more comfortable for people who wear glasses, improving the ventilation to reduce screen fog.

VR and you

Getting started

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.

Gaming

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.

Apps

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.

Evolve with accessories

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.

Do it like a pro

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.

Future visions

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.