Today is the day that many UK-based virtual reality (VR) fans have been waiting for as Samsung has finally launched its Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) in the area. It didn’t take long for the bundle version of the device, which includes an official Samsung Bluetooth Android controller, to sell out and now the standalone edition of the kit is also gone. That means that Gear VR has entirely sold out in the UK in its first day of availability.
Samsung has been building up to a UK release of the kit for some time now, having first teased at this month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and then starting to place demo units in its various stores dotted around the country. The kit’s £199 bundle version was the first to sell out earlier in the day and now stock of the £169 standalone edition has also been depleted. The bundle edition expected to start shipping again on 4th February although it’s not clear if the standalone one will also return at this time.
Gear VR runs using Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, which features and enlarged, 5.7-inch Quad HD display. While the kit is available to consumers, the Oculus VR Store that hosts compatible content is yet to see a premium option added. Until that time, the store is being updated with demos and other free experiences. VRFocus will continue to follow the device’s progress, reporting back with any further updates on it.