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Is the Gear VR already dead? Can it still be installed and used in 2020?

FunKingFunKing Posts: 43
Brain Burst
Hi there!

Can anyone still install and use the Gear VR in 2020?

I've been using the Gear VR since 2016, and until a few months ago, it was still working fine on my Note 4 (even though it isn't officially supported anymore). I tried to put it to good use again, so I did a factory reset on the phone and reinstalled the Gear VR software. Unfortunately, I could not get past the login screen (as I've seen reported by other users on this forum as well). I managed to restore an older version of the software (Oculus Horizon 3.38) from a backup and pass that step, but afterwards I could neither update nor install any VR app (another complaint I've seen from other users). FWIW, I looked at the logcat and this problem seems to be caused by a missing API in the latest Facebook app, but I didn't try to downgrade it, too.

I've invested a bit on my Gear VR (US$ 100), such as extra padding (US$ 35), cooling fan (US$ 55), controller (US $38) and about US$ 100 in apps. That's almost US$ 330 that I can't use anymore, apparently due to planned obsolescence...

I opened a support ticket, but the answer was "We will have more information to share about Gear VR in the coming months", and "The only other suggestion I can provide is to try one of the phones that is still supported" (Galaxy A9 2018, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G).

So it seems I'm out of luck... and also, that makes me think: if I invest my money in the Oculus Quest, will the same thing happen again in the future?

Comments

  • Umpa_PCUmpa_PC Posts: 338
    Art3mis
    It seems Oculus is developing a track record of abandonment.  The same has happened to DK1, DK2, Rift and now GearVR.  I have a GearVR running on an S7 edge, I have not needed to reinstall but was working fine a few weeks ago.


    Oculus Rift S (love it)
    Oculus Quest 128GB (Loving it too)
    MSI trident 3 7RB-200UK 
    Intel Core i5-7400 3 Ghz
    GTX 1050 Ti (4GB)
    16 GB RAM
    1TB HDD
    1TB SSD
    Windows 10 Home Edition Version 10.0.18362 Build 18362
    Oculus app version 14.0.0.83.710 (14.0.0.83.710)
  • keshavbhatt68keshavbhatt68 Posts: 4
    NerveGear
    Umpa_PC said:
    It seems Oculus is developing a track record of abandonment.  The same has happened to DK1, DK2, Rift and now GearVR.  I have a GearVR running on an S7 edge, I have not needed to reinstall but was working fine a few weeks ago.


    its not working today, setup process stuck in middle. while downloading components.
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