This new version can be used with any of Samsung’s 2015 lineup (confirmed at this point as the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Edge+).
You’ll also be able to cast 360-degree videos from Facebook ‘s newsfeed into the Gear VR headset. “Although it’s still early days for VR, we’re already seeing its adoption among some of the most talented filmmakers using our platform and will continue to expand the content offering within Oculus in the near future”.
Samsung made the announcement today, September 24, during the Oculus Connect 2 livestream, which some watched via virtual reality with their existing Samsung Gear VR headsets.
“Samsung has been at the forefront of delivering mobile experiences and “Gear VR Innovator Edition” launched a year ago was no exception”, said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. Oculus is once again in charge of developing the headset, which will rely on one of Samsung’s smartphones for the display.
Though details about the final release were scarce, Koo told the crowd that the new headset will be “22 percent lighter” than the prior model and will receive improvements to the side-of-head touchpad and “overall feel”.
Not much information is available about the VR headset, but Samsung confirmed that it will be sold for US$99 (around AU$150) and shipment will begin by November.
The new Samsung Gear VR also features some improvements, thanks to the company working with the team at Oculus.
The reason the Gear VR is so cheap is because it doesn’t come with its own screen. The system will launch with the Oculus Arcade, a portal to classic games like Pac-Man and Sonic the Hedgehog. Are you interested in making Minecraft even more immersive with an Oculus Rift? Hulu was one of the few that indicated they would be releasing short-form virtual reality content.