It’s been quite a day for Samsung and its Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). After months of speculation the kit finally launched in the UK today, joining the USA and a handful of other European countries from which it can be bought. In fact, the device has even managed to completely sell out as the day has gone on, with both a standalone and bundle version now out of stock. Fresh stock is expected to arrive on the Samsung UK site next week, and should be arriving in retail stores too.
As GearVR.uk reports, a representative of Samsung’s Bradford store has confirmed that stock of the anticipated HMD is ‘expected’ to arrive next week. Online the bundle version of the kit costs £199 GBP and includes one of Samsung’s official Bluetooth controllers which can be used to control many of the experiences available on the platform. There’s also a standalone edition set at £169. It’s not clear if these prices will be the same in-store as they are online.
Those in the UK still hoping to get their hands on the kit will have to wait until next week, then. That said, there are demo units of the kit currently being showcased in Samsung stores around the country, so it’s possible to at least have a taster before picking one up. Gear VR runs with the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone which features a 5.7-inch Quad HD display. Owners of the kit are currently awaiting the arrival of a premium option for content.
VRFocus will continue to follow Gear VR’s progress going forward, reporting back with any further updates on the device.