[UPDATE] Oculus has confirmed the price of the Gear VR Innovator Edition in a blog post here. It will set you back $199 for the standalone headset, or $249 when bundled with a Bluetooth gamepad.
It's been a while since we first tried out the Samsung Gear VR, and now we finally know when it's going to be available: early December. Powered by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and using that smartphone's quad HD display as its own, the Gear VR Innovator Edition was made in partnership with Oculus VR. But this isn't the last VR headset that Samsung's going to release.
Coupled with the Project Beyond 360-degree camera, Samsung is making a big push for virtual reality both in entertainment and in the workplace. They site "potential for innovative uses for enterprise, including realistic training simulation for vehicles or aircraft, 360° views of scans for healthcare, and interactive learning experiences for the classroom."
Of course, what you really want are the games, where the Gear VR will integrated with Marvel's Avengers and Temple Run, as well as concert videos from Vevo, Cirque de Soleil, and WemoLab's theBluVR.
While we know the Gear VR is coming in December, we don't yet have an idea of how much the virtual reality headset will cost. We're not counting on it being cheap, however. Regardless, you can sign up for updates on the Gear VR Innovator Edition below.
Samsung Introduces Gear VR Innovator Edition for the U.S. at Samsung Developer Conference
First Smartphone-Powered Virtual Reality Experience Available Early Dec. in U.S.
November 12, 2014
DALLAS – Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung) today announced Samsung Gear™ VR Innovator Edition will be available in the U.S. early December. Gear VR Innovator Edition, powered by Oculus, delivers a fully immersive virtual reality experience on the Galaxy Note 4, creating an entirely new mobile category.
"Samsung is excited to launch our first virtual reality experience, Gear VR Innovator Edition. We are looking forward to working with developers and partners on building amazing, accessible Virtual Reality experiences, that help bring the immersion of VR mainstream over the coming months and years," said Nick DiCarlo, Vice President and General Manager of Immersive Products and Virtual Reality. "Samsung is pleased to be joining the VR community and will continuously endeavor to bring the Next Big Thing in Virtual Reality."
Leveraging the Galaxy Note 4's 5.7inch high resolution Quad HD Super AMOLED™ display, Gear VR Innovator Edition produces stunning visuals and allows developers to design amazing 360° experiences.
In addition to an immersive entertainment experience, Gear VR Innovator Edition has potential for innovative uses for enterprise, including realistic training simulation for vehicles or aircraft, 360° views of scans for healthcare, and interactive learning experiences for the classroom.
Alongside the launch of Gear VR Innovator Edition, Oculus will make the Oculus Mobile SDK for Gear VR available now to all developers who register at developer.oculus.com/. Samsung and Oculus have been working together with a variety of partners to illustrate the potential of Gear VR including:
- As part of the Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron partnership with Samsung, Gear VR users will gain exclusive access to Tony Stark's Lab inside the all new Avengers Tower.
- Cirque du Soleil Media presents a 360° live-action 3D VR experience, featuring an act from Zarkana filmed by Felix & Paul Studios.
- DreamWorks VR from DreamWorks Animation allows Samsung Gear VR users to interact and laugh with DreamWorks characters and content in a whole new way like never before.
- Harmonix Music VR takes your music library and transports you to a fully immersive, musically responsive environment, allowing you to relax in a vibrant soundscape and explore visualizations set to your favorite tracks.
- M-GO Advanced, a new paradigm for digital video VR applications, offers an unmatched interactive search and discovery experience with Samsung Gear VR.
- Protocol Zero from DENA enables Samsung Gear VR players to infiltrate enemy grounds undetected in blackout conditions with hi-tech optics including night vision, X-ray vision, and thermal vision.
- Temple Run VR is the latest edition in Imangi's Temple Run series, challenging Samsung Gear VR players to run as far as they can through a perilous winter wonderland as they escape the clutches of Arctic Demon Monkeys.
- Vevo offers more than 100,000 HD music videos, live concert events and original programming that can be enjoyed in an immersive, full-screen theater experience on Samsung Gear VR.
- WemoLab's theBluVR allows users to immerse themselves in the dream-like majesty of marine life.
Samsung Gear VR is powered by Oculus, and will automatically download special Oculus software to the Note 4 when connected for the first time. The Oculus software includes:
- Oculus Home – Your VR home screen and content discovery center, which includes a Samsung section
- Oculus Store – An application that lets you browse and download new content from the Oculus platform
- Oculus Cinema – A VR movie theater and cinema where you can watch your favorite movies in an immersive virtual environment
- Oculus 360 Videos and Photos – Be immersed in 360° videos and panoramas like never before from within Gear VR
Gear VR is equipped with a touch pad, back button, and focus adjustment wheel for an easy-to-use virtual reality device, while its flexible, lightweight materials make it comfortable for users to wear.
Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition will be available in Frost White and at Samsung.com, along with the Gamepad. Developers can pre-register to receive information on the device at www.samsung.com/GearVR starting today.