After months of waiting, Samsung has finally revealed launch details for its Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) today at the Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) in San Francisco, California. The company confirmed that the kit would be launching in early December 2014. This appears to be limited to the US right now, with no word on when Gear VR might arrive in other territories though Oculus VR has said that it will keep fans in the loop. On top of all of that, the price for the kit has also been revealed.
As Oculus VR has announced, Gear VR will retail for $199 USD by itself or $249 in a bundle with a controller. It should be noted that the Galaxy Note 4, the smartphone which runs with Gear VR, can currently be picked up off-contract for around $600, meaning a straight up purchase of both devices could cost at least $799, although picking up the phone on-contract for $300 could bring that price down to around $499. And that’s without any details on possible bundles that other retailers might decide to set up.
Gear VR will be launching as an Innovator Edition that is aimed at early adopters and developers. The kit benefits from the Galaxy Note 4’s Super AMOLED display running in Quad HD and features its own head-tracking sensors. Samsung has said that over 60 titles are already coming to the platform, within many having been revealed in the past few months. VRFocus will continue to follow Gear VR, reporting back with all the latest updates on the kit’s progress.