Samsung Gear VR Headset Now Available In US

Posted: Dec 9 2014, 5:23am CST | by , Updated: Dec 9 2014, 8:10am CST, in News | Technology News


Samsung Gear VR headset now available in US
Photo Credits: Samsung

The company is making it clear that this is a product aimed at early adopters and developers, and not yet ready for mainstream consumption.

After setting eyes on Samsung's Oculus-powered VR headset at the start of this year, we kept wondering when we will see it in stores. Well, the wait seems to have been over as Samsung has announced the availability of its headset in the US, however, the company has also stressed that this product isn’t entirely ready for mainstream consumption and should be opted for by early adopters and developers only.

It seems quite fair that Samsung would make such a statement and actually discourage its own product from commercial use because this is the first time it has been experimenting with such a medium.

This is not just a new platform for the company but an entirely new medium. The Gear VR is a joint project between Samsung and Oculus and it doesn’t require a PC or a console to be a mediator for the brain and instead runs on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. So the two lenses on the headset will actually share the Note's Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) display. Though it is more fun to rotate your head to explore full 360-degree environments, the headset has a 96-degree field of view from any given position. The entire experience is somewhat closer to the use of the Oculus VR developer kit.

The headset is available for US$200 at websites of Samsung and AT&T.

source: Samsung 



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