Samsung’s consumer Gear VR mobile virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) launched last month in the US on Friday 20th. While consumers have lapped up the headset with retailers like Best Buy selling out online very quickly, the rest of the world has had to slowly wait for the international rollout. A few European countries and several others have already started their pre-order campaigns, but the had missed out. Yesterday VRFocus reported on Amazon opening pre-orders and now it seems so has Samsung’s Store.
The listing on the website refers to the HMD as ‘Samsung Gear VR Lite’ and states that’s it’s in stock. Apart from several images and a price the listing is glaringly absent of any further information, with the site saying no specification details are currently available. What’s important to note though is the price. Amazon listed the Gear VR at £95.99 well above the price originally released by Samsung UK of £79.99 GBP. While Samsung’s site does list the price at £80 GBP, which seems to confirm that original price.
This consumer version of the HMD will work with Samsung’s top of the range smartphones for 2015 including the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge plus. Samsung has yet to announce if the Gear VR will also work with the any phones planned for release during 2016. Since the device launched developers have released a number of titles, including Into the Dead from PicPok and FindingVR from The Vison Raiders and Gunjack from EVE Online developer CCP Games.
VRFocus will continue to follow all the latest news for Gear VR closely, reporting back with any new announcements.