The Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display’s (HMD’s) price and release date may have been a no-show at the Oculus Connect 2 developer conference this year, but the company did at least deliver the goods when it came to its mobile HMD, the Gear VR. The company finally revealed the consumer version of the smartphone-based device with the help of its co-creator, Samsung. A host of new features were announced for the kit, some of which can now be seen in the first batch of official images for the device.
The consumer Gear VR supports all of Samsung’s 2015 line of smartphones. That includes the Galaxy Note 5 enlarged handset which was revealed back in August as well as the flaghship Galaxy S6 and its curved counterpart, the Galaxy S6 Edge. The larger curved device, the Galaxy S6 Edge +, is also supported. The device is also 22 percent lighter than previous Gear VR models and features an improved, indented touchpad, all of which is on display in these 4 new images. It also appears that the over-the-head strap has been removed.
Perhaps the best aspect of the consumer version of the Gear VR is its price. The kit costs just $99 USD and will be launching worldwide in November 2015. To be specific, the US release is expected before Black Friday while a launch in other countries will follow a little later on.
VRFocus will continue to follow the consumer Gear VR, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.