Sure, they're not all exactly on the same level, but the Gear VR requires a much less expensive overall investment, especially if you already have a recent Samsung flagship phone (like the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy Note 8), and it has more than 1,000 apps and games to check out in the Oculus Store. There are plenty out there that support the current-generation Gear VR, too - including its bundled motion controller for more immersive experiences.
From games to 360-degree VR videos, there's plenty to dig into - and we've got some favourites, naturally. Here are the 25 Gear VR games and apps you ought to start with.
Virtual Virtual Reality
One of the best Google Daydream games is also on its chief rival, as well, as the brilliant Virtual Virtual Reality is now available for Gear VR (and Oculus Go, too). It's a delightfully strange game built in the comedic mould of Portal, albeit with a very different experience in mind.
Virtual Virtual Reality takes place in a future dominated by artificial intelligence, and the A.I. minds that be are now looking for humans to provide "artisanal companionship" by strapping on VR headsets and completing odd jobs. That's the "Virtual Virtual" of it. Yes, it's as weird as it sounds, and it's one of the true VR highlights on any platform today.
Minecraft in VR? If this doesn't have Gear VRs flying off of store shelves, then we don't know what will. The Gear VR edition is effectively the same as the other renditions, offering survival and creative modes as well as multiplayer action... only now you're immersed in the blocky worlds.
Playing in first-person is a real trip, but it can also be overwhelming – which is why a tap of the touchpad can switch to you a windowed view, wherein the game is played on a TV inside a pixelated lodge.
In either case, if you love Minecraft, you'll certainly want to have it all around you in VR. And if you don't know Minecraft, now's the time to try it.
Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay
The Last Jedi put a bit of Star Wars fever back into (some of) its many, many fervent fans, and luckily Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay is here to let us immerse ourselves in a small little segment of the film's universe.
It's a pretty simplistic game, but an attractive one at that: you'll take a role in the titular repair center, fixing up BB-8 and other roly-poly droids as they come in with defects. You'll pull open the droids, fiddle with their innards, and send them on their way. Droid Repair Bay isn't the most consequential part of The Last Jedi's media barrage, but it's free and certainly worth checking out if you have a Gear VR.
Like Hitman Go, the Gear VR-exclusive Augmented Empire doesn't really need to exist in virtual reality. After all, you'll spend most of the game looking down at a grid board, moving characters around and waging turn-based battles.
Even so, this is an incredibly cool game that you can only play on Gear VR, and it might sate your urge to use the headset for something deeper. This cyberpunk-meets-steampunk tactics game offers up great graphics, voice acting from the likes of Kate Mulgrew and Nick Frost, and about 10 hours of gameplay to savour.
They Suspect Nothing
Coatsink makes some of the most memorable and entertaining Gear VR games around, like the just-listed Augmented Empire and the Esper series, and now you can add They Suspect Nothing to that list.
They Suspect Nothing takes place in a futuristic world dominated by robots, and you're trying to blend in as a human wearing makeshift robo-gear. But you'll have to prove your android origins to the robot leaders by performing a series of tests.
It's a mini-game collection, and the games themselves are solid fun – but like Coatsink's other games, it's the humour and atmosphere that really make They Suspect Nothing stand out.