Samsung and Oculus announce a consumer variant of the Gear VR
Just like many emerging technologies, virtual reality is still in relative infancy depending on who you ask. Obviously for companies like Samsung, this is all about a way to enhance playing with existing Galaxy devices as an accessory, but then when you ask HTC, the Vive is something else entirely. What’s important is that the technology continues to evolve and today we see some results from Samsung and Oculus working together.
Samsung and Oculus have just announced a consumer variant of the Gear VR, that even though aesthetically similar to the Gear VR Innovator Edition, is actually 22% lighter, provides better foam padding for comfort, and an improved touch pad for media consumption. The Gear VR features 54 ~ 70 mm fixed lenses that provide 96-degree field of view, and also includes sensors like an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a proximity sensor for accuracy. Even better is the fact that the headset’s price is just $99, which is rather reasonable if you consider all you’re getting out of the box. Sadly the only problem is that you’ll need a new Galaxy for this to work, as it is currently only compatible with the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and the Galaxy Note 5.
If you’re in the market for a VR headset and have all the requirements, this product should reach store shelves in the fall.