Samsung’s Gear VR virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) has seen a slow, methodical rollout over the past two months. The kit first launched via Samsung’s official website in early December 2014. January saw it arrive in a handful of European territories while also getting its first third-party retailer, being sold on Best Buy’s website in the US. Those hoping to try out the kit before they buy it are in luck, as it has been revealed that Gear VR will be available in over 100 Best Buy stores across the US next month.
According to Android Headlines these 100 stores will be showcasing Gear VR from 8th February 2015. Each outlet have two units to demo, alternating between being shown and charging. The units will have a number of pre-installed apps, including Samsung’s own 360 degree video platform, Milk VR. There’s also TheBluVR, Oculus VR’s own 360 Photos app and, intriguingly, an app labelled ‘Transformers‘, perhaps suggesting a new app starring the popular robots in disguise is due to arrive on the HMD. Demos will be restricted to three minutes each and those under the age of 13 won’t be permitted to use the kit.
News such as this shows that Gear VR is slowly becoming more consumer available following its initially limited launch. Although the kit is available for anyone to purchase Oculus VR, who worked in partnership with Samsung on the device, has stressed that it is intended for developers and enthusiasts. VRFocus recently learned that a new version of the device, which will be compatible with Samsung’s Galaxy S6 smartphone as opposed to the original’s Galaxy Note 4, will be revealed in a few months’ time.
VRFocus will continue to follow Gear VR closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.