For those who’ve not yet dived in the world of virtual reality (VR) or 360-degree video Samsung has now made that prospect even more affordable. Through its UK shop, Samsung has dropped the price of the most recent Gear VR model and its Gear 360 camera.
If you own a compatible device – Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Note 5, S6, S6 Edge or S6 Edge + – and want to purchase a Gear VR, you’ll be able to pick one up for £79.00 GBP rather than £99.00. This is the most recent design, launched last year, featuring a reconfigured side panel which now has a home button alongside the back button and touch pad.
And for those interested in making 360-degree movies the Gear 360 has an even bigger saving. It currently has a £100 saving, dropping the price down from £349.00 to £249.00.
The Gear 360 launched back in April 2016 and features two 15 megapixel cameras with F/2.0 fish-eye lenses capturing 195 degree content, recorded in high resolution (3840×1920) as MP4’s. Alongside video and photo modes there’s time lapse video and looping video options, all of which are automatically stitched by the device’s accompanying smartphone app. The camera includes a 1,350mAh Li-ion battery and can shoot up to seven hours of content when used with 128GB microSD card.
The listings don’t state if these discounts are permanent or only available for a limited time, so if you’ve been eyeing up either of these products now might be a good time to buy.
In terms of the Gear VR the price drop is likely to be related to the recent announcement of a new model at Mobile World Congress (MWC) at the end of February. While few details were released on the headset itself, the big news came from a new controller very reminiscent of the one packaged with Google Daydream.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Samsung, Gear VR and Gear 360, reporting back with the latest updates.