Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6 and S6 edge now available for $199.99


Back in September 2014 when Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge, the manufacturer also unveiled the Gear VR, a virtual reality headset developed in collaboration with Oculus and powered the Note 4. In March when the manufacturer unveiled the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung announced that its new flagship smartphones will receive special versions of the Gear VR, but so far, the headset was not available for purchase. That changed today, as Samsung made the new Gear VR Innovator Edition virtual reality headset available in the United States for $199.99.

The Gear VR Innovator Edition for the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge can be purchased either from the official Samsung website, or through Best Buy. Compared to the Galaxy Note 4 version of the Gear VR, the new one is both smaller and lighter, comes with redesigned straps, and also features a built-in fan to help with the airflow. Samsung says that the octa-core Exynos 7420 chipset that powers the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge translates into a much smoother virtual reality experience, while the high-PPI display of the Galaxy S6 series should also translate into a better viewing experience as well. On the downside, the field of view will also be narrower due the smaller display.

Although the Gear VR Innovator Edition is probably the best virtual reality headset that money can currently purchase, you should keep in mind that this is not consumer-ready device, as the name obviously suggests. If you're not a developer interested in building virtual reality apps, you're probably better off waiting for other headsets, such as the Oculus Rift or the HTC Valve Vive.

You can buy the Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6 and S6 edge for $199.99 from Samsung or BestBuy.

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18 Comments

1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1663; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

I want this soooo bad..

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

$200 for a phone case that straps to your head? That's a bit steep...

3. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

lol ikr

9. Amiet

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Go back to cave

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5689; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

True, I got my Google Cardboard for $3 Sure this is much better than Google Cardboard, but IMO your better off waiting for the Oculus or HTC/Valve or Sony to release their VR sets

16. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Yeah. Check out Colorfly for a decent and affordable Cardboard alternative. ~$20 for plastic + strap + individual myopia adjustment + compatible with almost every phone.

4. gaming64 unregistered

$200 for a useless VR is B.S. Certified.

14. Amiet

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Mate no one forcing you to buy it..

5. engineer-1701d unregistered

I got one should arrive Monday and first thing me and the guys at work are doing is vr porn lol cant wait hahahaha this is gonna be so fun then i will watch my 3d dvds on it and. Many other things

10. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

You should re word that. It sounds like you said your getting together with the guys to watch VR porn..

6. engineer-1701d unregistered

Gaming 64 you sound be happy games in vr and when apple releases vr headset next year you will buy it and regret what you said above it is annoying when other platforms get things before others but don't reason on other people's day, the world is moving to vr games theater and many other things

8. gaming64 unregistered

I would be happier with an Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus(Sony's VR for the PS4) than having a VR that uses an effing phone. Also, why do you always have to bring up Apple? I can appreciate any product besides Apple. I'm not biased.

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

i guess, next year apple will release one at $499

13. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

damn i was gonna say the same thing...

15. mushpika

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

damn +1

17. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

These things are a con, they should be made to fit all compatible galaxy devices and not be made to buy another one just to fit the new galaxy phone u have just paid out for.

18. DaveElliott

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Worse is they only have 2 models and already fragmentation on at least one app. But, they are being upfront on what to expect by even including it in the name. No violation of the good faith clause found, even if not a great purchase for most.

19. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I had to order one since my local Best Buys (all 4 of them) do not stock this one or the previous edition. It's kind of difficult to sell them if you don't stock them.

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