This morning it was reported that Samsung's own virtual reality tech, the Samsung Gear VR was finally available to buy at your local Best Buy. As it is on the Samsung website, the device was firmly set at the $200 price tag which some do feel is a little steep for an accessory unit. Not to mention, it gets even steeper when you factor, that you need a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for the device to even function. That said, for those interested in Samsung's latest flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S6, it was reported this afternoon that both the Galaxy S6 and the rumored upcoming Galaxy S Edge are expected to be compatible with the Gear VR. Taking the device compatibility up a bit more.
Well, just because you can pop down to your local Best Buy and purchase the Samsung Gear VR, doesn't necessarily mean you should. It seems the Best Buy product listing comes with an interesting disclaimer. In fact, the total number of disclaimers is so long, that Best Buy have opted not to display them on the main listing and you have to further click on another link to get to the very long list of health warnings as shown in the image above.
So what are the issues? Well, there are too many to list here but to throw a few at you. It seems you should not use the VR if you are pregnant, elderly, have pre-existing binocular vision abnormalities, psychiatric disorders, suffer from a heart condition, other serious medical conditions or even if you are a child under the age of 13. In fact, children over the age of 13 should be monitored when the device is in use. Not to mention, if you are not any of the above, then you should still not use the VR if you are tired, need sleep, using alcohol (or drugs), hung-over, have digestive problems, under emotional stress, suffer from anxiety, have a cold, flu, headaches, migraines or earaches. You should also not use the VR in a moving vehicle, in a standing position, near other people, objects, stairs, balconies, windows or furniture.
Again, if you are free from all of the above then you can use the Gear VR but should "Take at least a 10 to 15 minute break every 30 minutes" regardless of whether you think you need it. Not to mention that prolonged use can "make your muscles, joints or skin hurt". You might also see symptoms such as "tingling, numbness, burning or stiffness". If all that was not enough then the disclaimer also notes that the actual Gear VR might experience a number of symptoms after prolonged use, such as the quality of applications may be degraded, VR applications may be terminated to prevent overheating, slow loading speeds, and diminished playback quality. If you can be bothered then you can read the full list of disclaimers for yourself by clicking the source link below.