Samsung talked a big game at its Note 9 event, but where was Gear VR?

CNET | 8/10/2018 | Scott Stein
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To use a Note 9 with a Gear VR headset, you'll need an adapter.

Note 9 phones, Bixby smart speakers, Galaxy smartwatches, Spotify partnerships, Fortnite exclusives and even a little toss-in mention of AR. Samsung's latest Unlocked phone event had everything. Except for one technology the company's been pushing for years.

VR

VR.

I realized it only after I left the event in Brooklyn. After I'd worn smartwatches and looked at speakers and played Fortnite on the Note 9. Where was Gear VR?

Samsung - Today - VR

You know what Samsung never talked about today, at all? VR.

I came back to the office and mentioned it to a colleague, who just shrugged and suggested VR was dead. It's easy to think that, with slumping sales and disillusionment from some early adopters frustrated by the lack of A-list software. But affordable devices such as the Oculus Go and Google's Daydream View are a move in the right direction, freeing virtual reality from PCs and consoles and bringing down the price.

Samsung - Gear - VR - Headset - Device

Samsung's Gear VR headset, a $100 device that transforms many of its phones into portable virtual reality machines, was the original budget VR rig. It makes a great entry point for exploring VR worlds, and lets you leverage the powerful processor and sweet OLED display on your phone in a new way.

I found it shocking that Samsung, a leader in the consumer VR field, didn't mention virtual reality a single time at the Note 9 event. (If you can recall a mention, please remind me.) Mention of a new Gear VR is absent from Samsung's own Note 9 press release, too.

Samsung - Oculus - Note - Dimensions - Works

I asked Samsung, and Oculus, whether the Note 9, with its slightly larger dimensions works with existing Gear VR headsets. The answer is yes, but with an adapter. So, it...
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