Virtual reality is here to stay, and unlike the 3D fad we can enjoy it on our phones as much as on all of our other devices. With the hardware gaining popularity (namely Google Cardboard and Samsung's VR-equipped S7 line) it's been time for quite a while for the software to catch up. Enter VRidge, a virtual reality simulator that turns your phone into a thousand dollar VR machine. Using VRidge you can emulate Oculus or Steam VR content to your phone - to do that, you need to install their free VRidge Android app. For a more detailed explanation on how this works, and for a complete tutorial from start to VR-ready setup, check out the video below: Once you get things started it's very simple to run VR games on your phone. You first run the server on your PC, then connect the Android app to the server over Wi-Fi. Once the connection has been established, fire up a game (or the VRidge demo) and immerse yourself in the simulation. The timing is right for VRidge to make an appearance, when more and more VR systems have begun to make an appearance in our everyday lives. Taking VR out of the quirky "meh, I tried this once at a convention" area and into common use is a surefire way to make it more popular with the masses. And while the Oculus Rift will set you back a pretty penny, there's little cost behind a cardboard phone holder with goggles. It should be noted that the concept is still in the Beta phase, and some bugs and kinks in the system might pop up along the way. But for a project that's still in its early phases, VRidge sounds like a great way to use VR on your phone.
What's my model number?
There are several ways to locate your model number:
- Option 1
- On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
- Option 2
- Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
- Option 3
- Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool