Samsung’s Gear VR is featuring heavily at the Consumer Electronic Show(CES) 2015. Its smartphone based virtual reality (VR) head mounted display (HMD) announced its partnership with Oculus VR last year before the release of the Gear VR. CEO of Oculus VR Brendan Iribe talked about the Samsung Gear VR selling out.
When discussing the sales of the Gear VR to The Verge, Iribe had described that even he couldn’t get one as they are so backlogged: “I know they’re sold out — I tried to get one just the other day, and it was in backorder. They ended up selling a lot more than they expected. That’s not necessarily ever a bad thing, but we’re pushing them, and we’ve had continual meetings — they’re realizing this themselves, obviously in the demand, that they need to be making a lot more of these.”
Samsung’s Gear VR was released in collaboration with Oculus VR in December in the US. The HMD requires the Galaxy Note 4 in order to run the Gear VR. Currently the device costs $199 USD. It features a free store, though the there will be some paid content in the future. International launch dates are not yet confirmed but should be fairly soon.
Samsung’s Gear VR is working on pushing out more HMDs. However at CES they are also showcasing apps being for the device As always VRFocus will keep you updated on everything coming out of CES.