I have been trying out Samsung’s virtual reality headset, the Gear VR, on and off since March this year. One of the things one quickly notices is that outside of the Oculus Store which can be installed on compatible Samsung smartphones like the Galaxy S7, there’s little else to turn to for content the Gear VR can stream like 360-degree video.
I have been able to get around this by linking my Facebook account to the device which means I am now able to see popular and other 360-degree video content shared on my feed by my friends, and individuals and brands that I follow. I can also do the same on YouTube.
Samsung is adding another avenue to the mix: samsungvr.com, a platform dedicated to 360-degree video content which is also available through an Android application exclusive to Samsung smartphones at the moment for those with compatible devices but no Gear VR to view the videos being shared. My Galaxy S7 is listed as not being compatible with the app on the Play Store at the moment so I am not able to give it a spin probably because of location restrictions.
The platform’s main purpose is to provide a place for users of Samsung’s new $350 spherical video camera, the Gear 360 to share their content.
Samsung VR replaces Milk VR since Samsung has been shuttering its Milk-branded services one by one starting with Milk Video last year. Unlike Milk VR which was restricted to a few Samsung partners, mainly big brands, Samsung VR is open to all.