Samsung and Oculus revealed the new Gear VR.
Samsung has unveiled the new Gear VR version 2 at the Oculus Connect developer conference. The updated head mounted device that uses smartphones as display has been updated to work with more Samsung smartphones.
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“Samsung has been at the forefront of delivering mobile experiences and ‘Gear VR Innovator Edition’ launched last year was no exception,” said J.K. Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “We see virtual reality as the next computing platform, and we are thrilled to partner with Oculus on Gear VR to set the standard for mobile VR and bring this revolutionary product to consumers.”
The Samsung Gear VR is 22% lighter than previous Gear VR Innovator Edition, and includes new foam cushioning to make the device more comfortable to wear. In addition, the Gear VR’s touchpad has been improved, providing greater control while enjoying the robust selection of film, gaming, 360 degree video and experiential content available for Gear VR.
“Together with Samsung, we’ve redefined virtual reality and created the best mobile VR experience available today,” said Brendan Iribe, CEO, Oculus. “On Gear VR, people are playing immersive VR games with friends, sharing 360 video experiences, and teleporting around the world with photos and videos – and it’s only the beginning of what’s possible with mobile VR.”
Oculus released a video showing off some of the virtual reality games coming to the Gear VR. The quality is much lower than the Oculus games coming to the PC based systems in 2016.
The 310g light Gear VR device has Accelerator, Gyrometer, Proximity (Mount/Unmount Detection) sensors. The field of view is 96 degrees. Compatible smartphones include Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, S6 and S6 edge.
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The Gear VR will go on sale in time for Black Friday 2015 (November 27) for $99.