If you’ve needed to get in on the cell phone powered VR game without using a relatively ginormous Samsung Galaxy Note 4, your day has come.

Samsung has released pricing and availability information about its new Gear VR headset that is compatible with Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge cell phones.

The Gear VR Innovator Edition for the S6 and S6 Edge (that is the name!) is available for preorder online, Best Buy starting Friday, April 24. It goes sale online in a couple of weeks, starting May 8 on Samsung’s Gear VR webpage and the Best Buy website. It’ll hit Best Buy retail stores on May 15. The value stays at $200, just like the previous Gear headset.

The new wearable, which we first got wind of a last month, is smaller, has newly designed face-straps, and has a built-in fan. Like its Note 4-compatible counterpart, the new Gear VR will basically be a comfortable facemask into which you slide the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge, then watch in stereo vision as your telephone runs VR applications. The headset itself doesn’t compute any of the VR craziness, but it has a touchpanel on the side of it for navigating menus on the telephone. There’s a MicroUSB dock you slide a telephone into to activate the handset’s VR tricks. All the experiences are driven by the telephone; the headset is only there for security, comfort, and magnification of the screen during delayed VR sessions.

Using the headset with the newer S6 lineup may work a bit better, as well. The new leader Samsung handsets may have the same resolution screen as the Note 4, however the pixels are packed in more tightly due to a smaller screen (577ppi versus 515ppi). Processing power is likewise different between the telephones, as the Galaxy S6 lineup packs an eight-core Samsung Exynos processor versus the Note 4’s quad-core Qualcomm chip.

Despite the differences, the S6 telephones will have the same features as the Note 4 when used with the facemask. Content will be available through Samsung’s Milk VR service and in addition the Oculus Store. You can browse and download free and paid content to the gadget while using the telephone in  the VR headset.

In the best case scenario, this is a decent step forward for VR. This isn’t the move that makes VR a standard must-have, obviously. The content coffers are still pretty beyond short-form experiments and demos, and that is a big barrier. VR really needs an essential title or two to drive it forward. At the same time, having a sufficiently priced facemask that works with a hot-selling telephone like the S6 makes the initial jump to VR less intimidating. People will purchase the S6 in any case, and once they have it, an additional $200 to turn it into a fun face-PC is a modest investment.

Obviously, there are a couple of headsets that have been designed to work with a more extensive array of telephones and they’re less expensive. The $99 Zeiss VR One has an adaptable tray that works with the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5, as well as CAD models that let you 3D-print trays for other telephones. And there are free cardboard housings that are even more forgiving in terms of phone type, although those are likely to get uncomfortable during an hours-long immersion sesh.

Source : Wired


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