Samsung Gear VR headsets, powered by Facebook-owned virtual reality developer Oculus Rift, have gone on sale in the US for $99. With this, Samsung’s Gear VR is the first consumer-ready virtual reality product to hit the stores.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted on his wall that for Oculus and virtual reality, this was a historic day.
Zuckerberg wrote, “After years of development, we’re shipping the first consumer virtual reality product — Samsung Gear VR, a mobile VR headset powered by Oculus. Our mission with Oculus is empower you to experience anything, anywhere with anyone. Now, you can begin to step into a world with thousands of immersive videos, movies and games with Samsung Galaxy S6 and Note 5 phones…I believe VR is the next big computing platform — and a lot of people will experience it for the first time on mobile.”
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Samsung’s Gear VR headset for consumers is now available for $99 on Amazon.com, Samsung.com and BestBuy.com. The Gear VR weighs 310 grams, 19 per cent lighter than the Innovator Edition launched earlier. The Gear VR is compatible with Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, S6 and S6 Edge.
For virtual reality, mobiles have emerged as the new area of growth. Oculus Palmer Luckey himself acknowledge that the future is all mobile for VR, which is free of wires and cables that held back virtual reality in PCs from becoming more mainstream.
Luckey had written on Twitter, “Cables are going to be a major obstacle in the VR industry for a long time. Mobile VR will be successful long before PC VR goes wireless. It is important to design both hardware and software with those limitations in mind.”