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 S8 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.
STAR WARS: DROID REPAIR BAY
The Last Jedi is sure to put a bit of Star Wars fever back into 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.
Price: $2.49 (₹499)
MELITA: A HUMAN JOURNEY
If you think this world seems pretty dire sometimes, just have a look at the one in Melita: A Human Journey. This sci-fi short story takes place in 2026, and things are rapidly falling apart thanks to climate change – so Anaaya and her A.I. companion Melita are on the hunt for a new planet to send all of humanity to.
That might sound grim, but Melita is actually a stunner of a 360-degree video experience. It looks like a vibrant anime world, as you see the pair search and struggle, with some compelling twists along the way. It's not interactive aside from the ability to freely look around, but you'll have trouble looking away from this beauty. It's just 24 minutes in length for now, but two more chapters are coming eventually.
Price: US$1.99 (around ₹130)
FACE YOUR FEARS
VR is absolutely the best gaming platform for horror experiences, and while the Gear VR lacks Resident Evil 7 and Paranormal Activity found on other headsets, it does have Face Your Fears. And Face Your Fears is headlined by a Stranger Things experience right now.
Expectedly, it's pretty eerie. You'll explore a couple of spaces from the Netflix smash, with creatures attacking through the walls and creeping around in the dark. Face Your Fears has other spooky non-licensed levels that you can buy, as well, but Stranger Things is the star attraction if you like the idea of being terrified with a phone strapped to your face.
MINECRAFT: GEAR VR EDITION
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 mobile Pocket Edition, offering survival and creative modes and a large chunk of the core PC experience, 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.
Price: $6.99 (around ₹467)