Samsung joins hands with Oculus to unveil a consumer version of its Gear VR headset for $99 with built-in Netflix support that goes on sale later this fall.

Samsung has joined hands with Oculus to bring a $99 virtual-reality headset that goes on sale later this fall. The duo unveiled the headset dubbed as ‘Samsung Gear VR’ at a media event in Los Angeles on Thursday, which has the power to bring ‘virtual reality into the mainstream.’

The upcoming Gear VR headset will be compatible with a slew of Samsung smartphones which include the Galaxy Note 5 along with the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge+, aimed at giving users an immersive multimedia 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 headset is 22 percent lighter than its previous iteration – the Gear VR Innovator Edition. According to Samsung, Gear VR’s touchpad has been significantly overhauled with improved responsiveness, thereby giving users precise control while playing games and other multimedia content.

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The Gear VR houses a trackpad, a back button along with motion sensors to perform gyroscopic and acceleration functions. Users can dock their smartphones inside the headset using microUSB connectivity, giving them access to vivid and deeper gaming and movie experiences.

While as far virtual reality content is concerned, Samsung announced that it has teamed up Twentieth Century Fox and Lions Gate Entertainment to bring content to its Gear VR, including blockbusters such as Alien Trilogy, Pulp Fiction along with the Hunger Games series. Talking about games, Oculus has announced a partnership to bring Minecraft to the platform while other new additions on the Gear VR include the Netflix app, with apps for Vimeo, Hulu and Twitch expected to arrive soon.

The Samsung Gear VR will be available for $99 later this fall in ‘Frost White’ color option.

Meanwhile, the upcoming Oculus Rift VR headset is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2016, technical details of which sound rather intriguing. It’ll feature dual AMOLED displays with low-persistence specially designed for VR, said Oculus back in June when it revealed more details about its upcoming Rift VR headset. The company promises that the display will offer “incredible visual clarity” as users explore virtual worlds with the headgear.

Other technical details revealed include an infrared LED constellation tracking system that offers precise, low-latency 360-degree orientation and position tracking for users while using the Rift. In addition, it’ll include an integrated VR audio system for the most immersive experience possible.

Recent studies suggest that head mounted virtual- reality display gadgets have an immense potential, with about 65 million units expected to be shipped by 2020.

“We see virtual reality as the next computing platform,” Shin added in the press release.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Virtual Reality?

    Yeah, let’s discuss Virtual Reality.

    Let’s start with “Race of Father – African”.

    Do you know this is the actual entry on Barack Hussein Obama’s copy of his original Birth Certificate in Washington D. C.?

    What’s wrong with “Race of Father – African”?

    African is not a race. Not only is African not a race, it never has been used as an approved racial designation.

    Why?

    Because Africa has 47 different countries within its Continental borders and everyone born in Africa, including all races and nationalities, are Africans. Putting “Race of Father – African” would be just as odd as “Race of Father – America” for a baby born in San Fransisco, California, it would never be allowed.

    How is Race Designated?

    Race is designated on all U.S. Government forms with approved designations such as “Negro”, “Hispanic”, “Caucasian”, African is not only not an approved racial designation, African never has been an approved racial designation.

    What’s the Virtual Reality?

    The copy of the supposed original Birth Certificate for Barack Hussein Obama on the White House Web site is the ONLY Birth Certificate available for Barack Hussein Obama, because with an entry such as “Race of Father – African”, there could never be an original in the Department of Records in Hawaii to copy it from.

    • You need 3 lens to make a true 3D picture. The depth of the picture will NOT be a true 3D however. To get a full depth 3D would require 8 lens.

      • Get over yourself. There’s no such thing as a 3D pic. Visual inputs have to remain separate. They CANNOT come from the same source. Two outs and two ins…just like your eyes. Maybe some accredited physicist will chime in here and make you understand.

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