Samsung Gear VR "Innovator Edition" is now on sale for $199

Samsung Gear VR
We've been hearing about the Samsung Gear VR for a while, and it is finally available for purchase. But, if you are interested, you should be warned that the device is still essentially in beta; so, it may not be quite ready for prime time. Still, if you want to get in on the Samsung Gear VR "Innovator Edition", it is available now through AT&T for $199.

The Gear VR is Samsung's attempt at a virtual reality headset, which was officially announced in September, but has been on the radar since July. The Gear VR was built in partnership with Oculus, so it does use a tracking sensor from Oculus Rift development kit and a customized interface app called "Oculus Home". The trouble is that it is unclear how much you can do with the device.

First of all, you need to have a Galaxy Note 4 in order to do anything with it, because the Samsung phablet acts as the power, screen, and sound for the device. The Gear VR itself has the lenses to create the 3D effect, a focus knob, touchpad, back button, and volume controls. Everything else, comes from the Note 4. In the "Mobile Minute" video that AT&T has put out, the features mentioned are: viewing photos and video, and playing games that can be downloaded through the Oculus VR app, but there is no word yet on how many compatible games and apps there are. 

Of course, as noted, this is basically a beta program, which is why we said you might not want to set expectations too high. It is only $199 to get in on the fun (unless you don't have a Galaxy Note 4, in which case it will cost you around $800). We did have fun with the Gear VR when we tried it out at IFA, but Samsung does still have a lot to prove. 



source: AT&T & Samsung

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7 Comments

1. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Sold. My body's ready to fall asleep with my phone on my face!

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Its an interesting use of samsung's screen tech and the QC 805 chip. Though I dont know that I'm ready to throw down another $200 on a peripheral that will likely not have a long shelf life. If they could tie this into PC/Xbox gaming somehow, then I might swing it.

3. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

The important sensors are not in the Note 4 but in the Gear VR which are 5-10 times faster then the ones used in a smartphone.

4. JayFiveAlive

Posts: 67; Member since: May 30, 2014

I've been playing with google cardboard and my god the potential is amazing. I really hope the dev community hacks/mods the crap out of this. I doubt it will since it's so niche, but if it does... perhaps we will play skyrim with it.

5. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I'm fairly interested in this. My wife has put a stop to my buying spree on tech lately so maybe if I'm good Santa will bring it.

6. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

Mine should be here this week. Just ordered seeing this after work. Watched some initial review on it as a movie device and the guy is very impressed. Says it's like a huge cinema experience. Can't wait!

7. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

This is the best way to watch a movie on my note 4! While my girl is asleep and the baby decides to jump in the middle, I can watch a movie with my headphone and this and not have to worry about the light of the phone keeing anyone up nice excuse to stay in bed.

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