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5 Best Galaxy S9 VR In 2018

Virtual reality has been something that Samsung has been trying to push for a couple of years now, launching a Gear VR headset with almost every flagship release. A flagship Samsung Galaxy S7 (or any Note smartphone for similar years) when paired with a Gear VR can create a mobile virtual reality experience for the user. With smartphones now being on contracts and device payment plans, it’s a cheap way for consumers to get into virtual reality with only really having to pay for the headset that only costs a few bucks. You can use more than just the Gear VR for your virtual reality needs, though! If you follow along below, we’ll show you the best Galaxy S9 VR headsets currently on the market. Here are our top picks.

Galaxy S9 VR

Gear VR With Controller

First up on our list is the 2017 edition of the Samsung Gear VR. Equipped with a controller, all you have to do is throw your Galaxy S9 into the Gear VR insert, and you’re ready to start downloading and experiencing all the great content available in virtual reality. The Gear VR has been through quite a few renditions now, so the 2017 model actually feels very comfortable — it doesn’t feel nearly as weighty either. The controller is a nice piece to include with the Gear VR, as previously you had to navigate menus with motion, which was really awkward and difficult. The Gear VR looks really sleek now as well, taking on a neat almost Stealth Black finish as opposed to the dual-tone black and white colors the Gear VR previous had.

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Canbor VR Headset

Next up, we have the Canbor VR Headset. Canbor provides a pretty cheap way to get into virtual reality, with this headset only setting you back about $25. The Canbor VR Headset functions on a similar level to the Gear VR, with you having to place your phone in the headset. It’s compatible with phones up to 6.3-inches in size. It comes with an adjustable strap, so you can make sure this VR headset is comfortable at all times. This headset is super lightweight, so you shouldn’t have to worry about your face feeling weighed down. It comes with a remote, — equipped with an analog stick — which is helpful for navigating menus and playing games.

Buy it now: Amazon

Gear VR (2016)

Next up, we have the 2016 edition of the Samsung Gear VR. If you’re looking for a cheaper way to get into virtual reality, you can’t go wrong with an older edition of the Samsung Gear VR headset. It’ll work just fine with newer devices like the Samsung Galaxy S9, and you’ll still get all of the great content that the Gear VR provides. It doesn’t have a remote, so you’ll still have to navigate menus through motion, but that’s really the only con here — overall, the Gear VR feels really comfortable on your face.

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VR Empire Virtual Reality Headset

Another one you should check out is the Virtual Reality Headset by VR Empire. This headset is able to fit all devices between 4-inches and 6.2-inches. That said, VR Empire is compatible with just about any smartphone on the market. After you place the phone in the headset, you’ll see that VR Empire has a decent software suite. However, it’s not the most comfortable VR headset on the market, with the straps feeling rather awkward. It isn’t too weighty, and it comes with a remote for easily navigating content — there’s even an analog stick built into the remote to navigate with more precision.

Buy it now: Amazon

Oculus GO

The Oculus GO is a really neat virtual reality headset. It’s dubbed as a standalone virtual reality headset, meaning you don’t have to place your phone into the headset for it to work. All you have to do is download the Oculus Go application on your phone, connect your phone to the hardware through the application, and you’re ready to roll. The Oculus GO feels great — not too weighty and actually really comfortable. The downside is that all of the content in Oculus Go has to be purchased, so there’s nothing really offered for free here.

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If you’re looking to venture into the world of virtual reality with your Galaxy S9, any one of these headsets will do. We really like the 2017 edition of the Gear VR, especially with how polished it has become; however, if you don’t want to spend gobs of money on your first foray into VR, the 2016 model isn’t bad, nor is the Canbor VR Headset.

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