For nearly a year now Samsung has made its mobile virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), Gear VR, available in a limited fashion. VR enthusiasts in the US have been able to purchase the device either through the Korean electronic giant’s online store, the Best Buy website, or selected retail outlets for both. This week, however, it’s come to light that Gear VR is now officially available through another major online retailer: Amazon.
Consumers could of course already pick up Gear VR through the third-party Amazon Marketplace, but now the retailer is selling its own official stock. Both the original version of the device, which is compatible with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 enlarged smartphone, and its successor that supports the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are available through the site for $199.99 USD each. This price of course does not include the respective smartphones, and neither appear to feature the bundle with a Samsung Bluetooth controller.
It’s an interesting time for Amazon to start stocking Gear VR given that, in a few weeks’ time, co-creator Oculus VR is expected to reveal the true consumer version of the device, which has been promised to release this year. There’s been plenty of speculation as to how the device will work in terms of handset compatibility and more, but official details will likely be revealed on 24th September 2015 during a keynote speech at the Oculus Connect 2 developer conference, host by CEO Brendan Iribe.
VRFocus will continue to follow Gear VR closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.