Samsung Gear VR

Best Free Samsung Gear VR Games and Apps

Oculus Arcade

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This is another virtual environment in which you do things in 2D but hey, it's a virtual arcade so shut up. Play Pac-Man, Sonic, Galaga and more in three arcade rooms. Everything is free for a while but you have to pay to unlock unlimited play.

Temple Run VR

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Making the graduation from smartphones to the realm of virtual reality, Temple Run is back at it again and forcing you to run away from wild beasts while racking up points.

Turning your head will allow you to see the Arctic Gorilla Monkey hunting you down, with tilts helping you pick up coins and avoid blocks on the winding path. If you can tolerate consistent motion and happen to enjoy free things, this is a no-brainer download.

And for the brave and co-ordinated among you, we imagine combining this with a treadmill makes evading the monster all the more satisfying.




The best Samsung Gear VR apps: Games, videos and experiences to download first

Make Jaunt one of your first Gear VR app downloads, it's one of a few live action libraries but the quality here is really high. Stream short experiences from backstage at concerts to 360-degree journalism from ABC News.

Streetview VR

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A nice choice to get a hit of that travel rush without leaving the sofa, Streetview in VR is surprisingly easy to navigate with really great controls for selecting tourist attractions or natural beauty spots around the world and looking around the area. They are stills, of course, but it's still freaky when you re-visit a panorama that you've visited before.

It's not made by Google but don't let that put you off - there's 3,000 locations and the ability to bookmark images and even lead a group via audio chat. Also on Oculus Rift.

Samsung Internet

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Lots of people have complained that there's no way they would pick up a mobile VR headset without a browser and Samsung has listened. You can open up sites via voice or by selecting from favourites like YouTube. Use Gaze mode to select stuff but there's an onscreen keyboard too. It's in beta but works exactly as you would expect.



Oculus Social Beta

This has got to be the most random experience we've had in VR so far. Choose an avatar then hang out with other Gear VR users in rooms and environments to chat via your phone's mic or watch Vimeo videos together.

You're essentially a group of 3D cartoon heads floating in cinema seats but what's particularly freaky is that your head movements are still tracked so you can turn to face each other as you chat. Or - as one pair of friends were doing when we rudely interrupted them - sing Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart to each other.

Oculus Social is still in beta with updates set to include new and larger avatars, the ability to see what is playing in rooms from the lobby and a (separate) Social Trivia app which you can connect to Oculus Social to play with friends (and friends of friends).