The new $99 Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset is now also available from Amazon.
As reported, Best Buy was first offering the new $99 Gear VR. The Gear VR has been officially released today, November 20. Along with the release several Gear VR reviews have been released today. Wired calls the new Gear VR "Good VR" adding "There’s nothing like it, and unless you have a high-end gaming PC or a Playstation 4—and then spend more than $300 on the VR system to go with them—it’s your best shot at VR for the next year or more."
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The only issue is that Apple iPhone users are not able to use the Samsung Gear VR.
Amazon offers the $99 Gear VR here. The smartphone Virtual Reality glasses are already under the top 10 best-selling products in the television and video category.
There is a smartphone VR headset from IncrediSonic that is more popular selling for $44.95. The IncrediSonic VUE Series VR Glasses come with a Bluetooth Gaming Controller. This VR headset also works with the Apple iPhones (iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6 4.7, iPhone 6 Plus 6S).
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.
The Gear VR 2015 supports the Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 edge, and Galaxy S6. Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5.
Last week Samsung released an Android update for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge+ that enables support for the Gear VR. This update is required to make the Gear VR work.
The Gear VR comes bundled with a 16GB microSD card pre-loaded with 3D movie trailers and 360 degree immersive videos.
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.
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.