Samsung will soon launch a new Gear VR headset (for the Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+)

Samsung will soon launch a new Gear VR headset (for the Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+)

Back in March, when Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, the company also unveiled a new Gear VR headset to accompany the two handsets. We were kind of expecting yet another new Gear VR to be presented today, alongside the Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, though that did not happen. But Samsung is getting ready to introduce a new virtual reality headset anyway.

According to CNET, Samsung CEO JK Shin confirmed that a third-generation Gear VR should be released sometime "soon." Samsung might want to showcase the new headset at IFA 2015 in early September, when the company plans to also announce the Gear S2 circular smartwatch.

Obviously, the upcoming Samsung Gear VR should work with both the Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. Since the previous two Gear VR models were priced at $199.99, we assume that the new one will also cost around $200. This, however, remains to be confirmed.

P.S.: The headset pictured above is the Gear VR for Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.

source: CNET via SamMobile

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15 Comments

1. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Neato

2. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Ok this is ridiculous. Samsung needs to come up with a universal VR for their Galaxy phones. It os kinda stupid that you have to sell your old unit for a loss then pay extra money to get the latest if you were to upgrade your phone.

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Welcome to the world of Samsung phones...

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Well, Samsung has great mentor in term of milking their fans.

4. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Does anyone tried this?

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yes.. samsung R&D guys already tried this

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2255; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

yeah i was hoping to see a VR during announcment..but no,.

7. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Tried the official S6 VR in a Samsung shop, not impressed. Their focus scrolling can't even compare to the $15 colorcross for myopia compensation. Not even close.

14. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

You have no clue what you are talking about, tested it for what like 5 minutes? Lemme guess you tried only 360 videos on the S6, which are compressed to save storage and have the lowest resolution and dont come even close to the resolution of 360 photos and VR games. And you also have to aline your eyes correctly to the lenses and not just the focus wheel.

8. DBounce

Posts: 168; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

I've tried this with the Note 4, and I can tell you because of the low resolution screen you will have a headache within 10 minutes of using it. Yes, qhd is fine for a smartphone, but it is sub-par for a VR headset. Note 5 NEEDED at least 4k to make this plausible.

15. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

That's BS, i watch my favourite Tv shows like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Banshee in oculus Cinema and have no headaches whatsoever. And the resolution in 360 photos and games are even higher. Only the resolution of 360 videos is low and compressed and should be higher, but you need a better cpu/gpu for that.

10. wickedninja8599

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 02, 2013

The dimensions of the Note 5 and Note 4 are almost exactly the same. I don't see why the Note 4 VR couldn't support the Note 5? The software is all in the phone anyway!

11. Clars123

Posts: 1073; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

I believe the idea is for the new headset to ALSO support the edge+

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

I hope they don't use this device as an excuse for why I get slow updates like they did with the Note 4. It's a niche device & as such, shouldn't have an impact on update timeframes.

16. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

The Gear VR might not be compatible with the Note 5 or S6 Edge+, atleast John Carmack says to wait before purchasing a phone for VR. https://twitter.com/ID_AA_Carmack/status/632233609374490624

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