In general, the point of wearing a VR headset like the Gear VR is to leave the real world behind for a while. However, there is a way to quickly see what’s going on around you, even if you’re wearing Gear VR. Pass-through mode lets you see your surroundings from the camera on your phone — basically through a grainy square.

It’s not something you need to use often, but you can definitely use it. If you want to use it, that’s what becomes more of an issue.