Virtual Reality is the future. General masses have tasted the potential with inexpensive Google Cardboards, and now Samsung and Oculus are taking it another step forward.
Samsung has today announced its first Gear VR device for consumers which will be compatible with Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, S6 and S6 edge, taking advantage of high resolution ppi busting AMOLED display for immersive experience.
“Samsung has been at the forefront of delivering mobile experiences and ‘Gear VR Innovator Edition’ launched last year was no exception,” said JK 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 consumer variant is 22 percent lighter than developer version (310g), measures 201.9 x 116.4 x 92.6 mm, and also includes a new foam cushion for better comfort. Samsung also claims that the Gear VR’s touchpad has been improved for better control over VR content.
“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 for what’s possible with mobile VR.”
Samsung Gear VR Product Specifications
|Dimension / Weight||201.9 x 116.4 x 92.6 mm / 310g|
|Sensor||Accelerator, Gyrometer, Proximity (Mount/Unmount Detection)|
|Field of View||96 degrees|
|IPD Coverage||54 ~ 70 mm (Fixed Lenses)|
|Compatibility||microUSB connection to the Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge|
The Samsung Gear VR will be available this fall in Frost White color for $99.