It’s been a busy start to the year for Samsung and its smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), Gear VR. Having closed out 2014 with a launch in the USA alone, the kit has already released in the UK and a handful of European territories in 2015. This week sees the device launch far outside both Europe and the USA, as it comes to Australia. Gear VR can currently be purchased from the official Samsung Australia website.
The device is priced at $249 AUD as a standalone edition. There doesn’t appear to be a bundle version with an official Samsung Bluetooth controller as can be seen in other regions. That said, Samsung Australia is offering a unique deal with the kit in which customers can get 10% off of a single order of both Gear VR and the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone with which is runs by using the code NGEAR10 at the checkout. The 32GB phone is available for $949, coming to a total of $1198. The 10% discount takes that to $1,078.20.
Gear VR uses the Galaxy Note 4 to power side-by-side content that is displayed in 3D when viewed through the kit’s lenses. Recently VRFocus learned that Samsung is also prepping a new version of the device that will support the unannounced Galaxy S6, which would supposedly be the next iteration in the company’s flagship series of smartphones. That said, the device itself is currently awaiting the arrival of a premium option for the Oculus VR Store from which compatible content can be downloaded. For now the store is populated with free experiences.
Gear VR will also be coming to next month’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California. VRFocus will continue to follow Gear VR’s progress closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.