This week at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 (CES) Samsung showcased its virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) Gear VR which was built in collaboration with Oculus VR. The kit was released in the US in early December 2014 but VR enthusiasts outside of America are still waiting on news of an international roll out. Coming out of CES this week are reports that Gear VR will be hitting other territories at the end of January 2015. VRFocus has also heard that the kit will be arriving in English-speaking countries first.
VRFocus has been told by numerous developers that Gear VR will hit these territories by the end of January. Meanwhile, Road to VR has confirmed with Oculus VR’s Head of Mobile Max Cohen. He commented on the international release: “We’re expanding to international markets this month, it’s going to be a rollout, but we’re starting that this month… International markets are our first priority, but commerce right after that,” When he was asked whether people will be able to purchase the device at the end of the month he stated: “Possibly even before that.”
Gear VR’s US release seems to have been something of a success. Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe this week stated that the device is on ‘back order’ and that the company is pushing them out very quickly. Despite this, the device is still yet to receive its premium store. Currently only free experiences are available on the Oculus VR Store found on Gear VR, although a premium option is expected to be added early on in the year. Once it’s up and running developers will be able to charge for content, thus start offering full titles.
It’s certainly reassuring to know that the company is finally moving forward with international plans so quickly this year. VRFocus will keep you updated on Gear VR’s progress.