You can now buy a Samsung Gear VR, just in time for the holidays
Samsung has become the first company to push their VR device (the Gear VR) to the general public in the US (international orders arrive in early 2015).
That means the Best Buy crowd: Oculus DK2 is meant for developers, and similarly, the Gear VR is an “innovator edition,” meaning it’s likely buggy and meant for early adopters—but it is indeed being sold to the general populace. Note, however, that the Gear VR is NOT a competitor product to the Oculus Rift—it was actually developed in conjunction with Oculus VR.
Samsung just put up a page offering the Gear VR for $199—meaning you can now get one for the holiday rush. They apparently come in Charcoal Black and Frosted White.
Via the sales page:
Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition is powered by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and is not compatible with other smartphones or devices. Some high-quality gaming apps may require the use of an Android game controller to offer additional high-precision control capabilities in addition to the Gear VR’s integrated touchpad and tracking sensors.
The new Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition delivers a completely new experience you’ve never seen before, literally surrounding you with virtual video, images and games in a full 360 degree immersive environment. The Galaxy Note® 4’s amazing screen and processor makes it all possible. Samsung’s industry leading Super AMOLED display technology and cutting-edge Oculus-driven software fuse to create an experience that you have to see to believe. With the Gear VR Innovator Edition, users can explore new worlds, be on-stage at a performance with full 360 degree video, and can enjoy gaming in a way that’s never been done before – all with just your Galaxy Note 4 and Gear VR Innovator’s Edition.
Below, check out an unboxing video.
h/t Road to VR. Image via Wikimedia Commons