This week saw the US release of one of the first major virtual reality (VR) consumer head-mounted displays (HMD) in the form of Samsung’s Gear VR. The kit has been available to order as of Monday, 8th December 2014 and will be arriving with VR fans throughout the week. Of course, now that the device has launched in one country the big question is when it will arrive in others. No specific date has been announced just yet, although Gear VR co-creator Oculus VR has assured that it will be arriving ‘shortly after’ this launch.
The company recently confirmed as much in a new addition to its Gear VR support page, asking where the device is available. “The Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition is initially launching in the United States with support for the English language on December 8th, 2014 and will be available to purchase via the Samsung website,” the statement reads. “Additional countries and languages will be supported shortly after launch. For exact timing and updates on availability, please check the Samsung website (http://www.samsung.com).”
Specific countries and languages as well as pricing for these other regions is yet to be confirmed. In the US the device costs $199 USD, although that doesn’t include the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone that the kit works with exclusively. Right now Gear VR is labelled as an Innovator Edition that, despite being available to consumers, is still very much thought of as a development kit. As such, the device has launched with a free store only, planning to add premium options later down the line. Until that time the device is mainly limited to demos and short experiences.
VRFocus will continue to follow any further news on Gear VR’s international roll out, reporting back with any further updates when they become available.