The new $99 Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset started to ship end of last week. Now it is sold out. We told you to pre-order.
As reported, Best Buy was first offering the new $99 Gear VR. Back then we told you to pre-order new Samsung Gear VR right away. Now Best Buy and also Amazon are sold out of the Gear VR.
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Amazon still lets you order the Gear VR. The retailer will deliver when available. Amazon will send an e-mail to you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Best Buy is not taking any orders online.
The Gear VR is not compatible with the iPhone, locking all Apple users out of the Gear VR experience. It is not known if Samsung just made not that many units, or if the Korean electronics giant got taken by surprise.
Samsung has released a commercial for the Gear VR on the weekend. Watch below. The ad does a decent job to convey the immersive experience of virtual reality glasses.
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.
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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.