Last week finally saw the consumer version of Oculus VR and Samsung’s Gear VR mobile virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) revealed at the Oculus Connect 2 developer conference in Hollywood, California. While the hardware itself hasn’t undergone a major redesign, the new kit boasts some impressive new features such as a $99 USD price tag. It also features support for the entire line of 2015 Samsung smartphones, including the flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 edge handsets and the enlarged Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+. For those trying to decide between a smaller or larger phone, Oculus VR’s John Carmack has some words of advice.
Carmack recently noted that there isn’t a ‘large difference’ between the 2 form factors, suggesting that anyone with a Galaxy S6 needn’t worry about upgrading. Replying to a fan asking about the Galaxy Note 5 on Twitter, Carmack wrote: “it is a little bit wider, basically the same as the note 4 vs s6. I wouldn’t buy a new phone just for a few degrees of fov.” While the Galaxy Note 5’s screen measures 5.7 inches compared to the Galaxy S6’s 5.1, both phones are basically identical internally.
Carmack later added: “the smaller phones have a little more density and a little less FOV. It isn’t a large difference.”
The new Gear VR is set to launch globally in November 2015. Samsung took to the stage at Oculus Connect 2 to promise a release before Black Friday – 27th November – in the US and shortly afterwards everywhere else. Oculus VR is lining up a lot of new content for the kit, including retro arcade simulator, Oculus Arcade and even new video content. The latter includes a brand new Netflix app, which actually launched during the developer conference.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Gear VR closely, reporting back with the latest updates on the device.