While virtual reality (VR) fans still clamour for fresh details on the consumer release of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), Samsung has been surprisingly open about the launch of its Gear VR smartphone-based HMD. It’s already been confirmed that Gear VR will launch in the US and EU around mid-October 2014 with a price tag before $200 USD. However this week the company has revealed some details about the device’s Australian launch, where things will work a little different to other territories.
CRN recently spoke to Craig Gledhill, Samsung’s vice president, regional enterprise business, who confirmed that Gear VR will be in available in Australia in November for a price of $249 AUD. Obviously this price doesn’t include the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone that the device works for. Depending on exactly when within the month it launches, this pits the Australian launch at around a month behind the other planned launches in the US and Europe.
Gledhhill also expressed interest in Gear VR’s use across sectors other than videogames, stating: “We see some sectors, especially education and health, have a strong interest in this virtual reality tech. We are exploring building software for education purposes, health, engineering, architecture – they all think they could use VR.”
When Gear VR does launch it will be as an Innovator Edition aimed at both developers and early adopters. A number of developers currently working on the Oculus Rift have already pledged support for the device. VRFocus will continue to follow Gear VR going forward, reporting back with any further updates on the device’s progress.