Consumer Edition Samsung Gear VR Now On Preorder
Potential buyers will also need a compatible Samsung smartphone, with Samsung’s 2015 flagship smartphones, the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, compatible with the tech giant’s latest virtual reality offering.
The Gear VR will initially be available online in the US from Samsung, Amazon and Best Buy, with Samsung stating that it will ship as early as November 20.
Samsung is looking to bring VR to the mainstream as the market looks set for steep growth in the coming years.
Juniper Research has forecast that VR headset shipments will approach 30 million globally by 2020,
compared to just over 3 million in 2016, with Oculus, Sony and HTC among the leading players expected to launch key VR products over the next 12 months.
“Samsung is leveraging its leadership in mobile by giving millions of Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners access to amazing virtual reality experiences, including immersive games, the ability to explore beautiful photographs and exciting videos in 360 degrees, and much more,” Nick DiCarlo, Samsung Electronics America vice president, immersive products and virtual reality, commented.
“The quality of the VR experience provided by Galaxy smartphones and Oculus software is unparalleled, taking virtual reality out of the early adopter space and into the mainstream with this revolutionary product.”
The Gear VR is 19 per cent lighter than the previous Gear VR Innovator Edition, and includes new foam cushioning, making it more comfortable to wear, while the touchpad has been improved, providing greater control and easier navigation.
Samsung states Gear VR users will have access to dozens of new made-for-VR games coming to the Oculus platform this year, and will be able to access content from Samsung Milk VR, Netflix and Oculus Video.