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Samsung Releases Official Gear VR & Oculus Account Instruction Manual

The launch of Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) is finally nearing in the US. The anticipated device, which runs with the company’s Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, is due for release in the country in early December 2014, starting at $199 USD. It’s currently possible to pre-register interest to pre-order the device, although there’s no word on a specific launch date. Now Samsung has launched an FAQ for Gear VR that will help owners get set up with the kit on launch day.

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The FAQ, as found on Samsung’s support site, first provides instructions on how to attach the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. It reveals that, once the phone has been inserted into the Gear VR for the first time, users will be prompted to set up an Oculus account, which will involve them removing the phone again to install software as well as provide account information and view Terms of Use. Following this, Oculus will send the user a verification email that will need to be completed before an account is set up.

From there, users will be encouraged to install a number of Oculus apps such as Oculus Cinema and Oculus 360. There will also be a chance to install the microSD card that is set to come with the HMD. After these steps have been completed users will be free to head straight to the Oculus Store and start downloading VR content. Note that, at first, the Oculus Store will only include free VR content such as demos and experiences. A premium store will be added later down the line at an undisclosed date.

As the FAQ points out, Gear VR will be arriving as an Innovator’s Edition, aimed at early adopters and developers. Last week screenshots from an alleged update version of the Galaxy Note 4 leaked the possible launch line-up for the device. VRFocus will continue to follow the kits progress in the build up to launch, reporting back with any further updates.