Earlier in the month both Samsung and Oculus VR launched the new version of their Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in the USA. The Gear VR for S6, as it’s called, features full support for Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6, and its curved spin-off, the S6 Edge. With the kit now available from Samsung USA’s online store along with digital and retail Best Buy outlets, many have wondered when it will release in other countries. Today sees Samsung launch the Gear VR for the S6 in the UK.
The device is available for £169 GBP. Unlike the original Gear VR, which supports the Galaxy Note 4 enlarged smartphone, there doesn’t appear to be a bundle offering an official Samsung Bluetooth gamepad, though this can of course be purchased separately. No info on when the kit will ship is provided, though it does note that the device is ‘In Stock’, suggesting that units will go out as they’re ordered. An ‘Other Retailers’ button also appears on the page, although clicking this reveals that the device isn’t being sold through other partners just yet.
Like the original, the device is still dubbed and an ‘Innovator Edition’, meaning that, while available to consumers, it’s more aimed at developers and enthusiasts. Oculus VR has confirmed that a full, consumer-focused version of Gear VR will be arriving later this year. The device is expected to be revealed during Samsung’s next product lifecycle which, traditionally speaking, kicks off in September. It’s thought that the new Gear VR will support the as-of-yet unannounced sequel to the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note 5.
Gear VR has recently seen a surge of content thanks to an official VR Jam organised by Oculus VR. The finalists for the competition were recently announced, with full winners to be revealed in early June.
VRFocus will continue to follow all iterations of the Gear VR closely, reporting back with the latest updates on them.