The new $99 Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset is finally going on sale.
The new $99 Samsung Gear VR 2015 headset powered by Oculus is possibly the biggest advantage that Samsung Galaxy S6 owners will have over Apple iPhone users. The new and improved Gear VR was announced at the Oculus Connect conference in September. Samsung has said to release the new $99 Gear VR in Fall.
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Update: The $99.99 Samsung Gear VR 2015 is available for pre-order now.
Best Buy is starting to take pre-orders for the new Gear VR 2015 headset starting Tuesday, November 10. The new Gear VR will ship on November 23. This the Monday in the Thanksgiving week. As initially reported, the Gear VR will be in stores in time for Black Friday.
Given the hype around the new Gear VR, pre-ordering the VR glasses on Tuesday is advisable. It is unclear at this point how many units Samsung will offering this Holiday season.
Best Buy has spilled the release details of the Gear VR 2 at the Special Holiday Shopping event that took place yesterday in select stores. Best Buy associates have demoed the currently available Gear VR Innovator Edition. Reddit user ScienceGuyJim shared that he was told that the new $99 Gear VR will be available for pre-order on November 10 and that shipping starts on November 23.
Last week Samsung released an Android update for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge+ that enables support for the Gear VR.
The new 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.
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. The new Samsung Gear VR works with virtual reality content developed from Oculus and of course also supports the Youtube virtual reality videos.
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The Gear VR plays an crucial role in bringing virtual reality to the masses. Samsung needs though to start think like Microsoft and open up. Supporting the iPhone with the Gear VR would give the Gear VR a much bigger chance in driving adoption.