Earlier in the month VRFocus reported on a listing for the Samsung Gear VR smartphone –based head-mounted display (HMD) appearing on Best Buy’s Canadian website. Today we have received official word that pre-orders for the Gear VR Innovator Edition for Samsung Galaxy S6 (which is compatiblewith Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge handsets) are now being taken as an exclusive early deal on BestBuy.ca.
Much as with other territories, Samsung have also revealed the Gear VR will subsequently be made available from Samsung Experience retail stores from Friday, July 17 for the suggested retail price of $249.99 (CAD).
Writing in the press release sent out by Samsung, Paul Brannen, Executive Vice President Mobile Solutions for Samsung Electronics Canada “We are thrilled to bring our innovative Gear VR Innovator Edition forS6 to Canadian consumers. The availability of GearVR confirms Samsung is committed to this new platform. Along with ourgreat partners Oculus and Best Buy, we’re excited to work with thedevelopers, content creators, partners to lead the mobile VR revolutionin Canada.”
Oculus VR, who are partners with Samsung on the Gear VR project also commented on the launch.
“It’s exciting that Canada will now be able to experience amazingvirtual reality through Best Buy next month,” said Max Cohen, head ofmobile at Oculus. “Oculus is fully dedicated to making great VRpossible, and we’re extremely proud of the Gear VR Innovator Edition forSamsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Whether consumers are interested inwatching movies on the moon in Oculus Cinema, flying a jet pack inrichly detailed worlds, or visiting far-off locations via 360 Photos,Gear VR makes it all possible.”
VRFocus will continue to bring you news on the latest developments on the Gear VR.