New $99 Samsung Gear VR headset to make virtual reality affordable
If you own one of the 2015 flagship phones from Samsung – the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Edge + or the Note 5, you could soon get Gear VR headset for your device. Yes, a new Oculus-made Samsung Gear VR – virtual reality headset, has been announced at the Oculus Connect 2 developer conference in Los Angeles, which will carry a very affordable $99 price tag and will be available beginning November. The new Gear VR was revealed by Peter Koo, VP Mobile at Samsung.
Claiming to be compatible with Samsung’s recent flagship smartphones, and almost half the price of its predecessor, the new Gear VR could sell like hot cakes and bring virtual reality to the mainstream, which until has been available as Innovator Edition – a prerogative of select few.
Improvements in the new Gear VR
The VR headset weighs almost 22 percent lighter now, and it is believed to be more comfortable on the head. Being lightweight means users can wear the Gear VR for longer than ever before. Additionally, the trackpad placed on the temple of the headset gets a tactile pad. Meaning you can now feel where you’re touching, unlike in the previous model of the headset where you couldn’t make out so easily.
According to the launch announcement, the virtual reality headset will retail for $99 and will be shipped in the US in November; well in time for Black Friday. The device will be shipped worldwide shortly after US release – exact date however is not given out. More information on the headset is awaited.