Samsung is keen to get the early adopters to try out virtual reality headsets for themselves. They're doing this by offering a pre-order bonus of a Gear VR headset with every purchase of a Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The pre-order must be in place before March 18 and can be ordered via a web form starting March 4.
Oculus is getting in on the act too (Gear VR actually comes from Oculus) with an additional offer of six Gear VR games bundled for free in the package. This has a retail value of $50. The games bundle will vary from mobile carrier to mobile carrier, but may include Land's End, Anshar Wars 2, and EVE: Gunjack.
For consumers who need a new phone and were also considering delving into some virtual reality, the cost of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge comes close to just the cost of the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive alone. For buyers who move fast, they can enjoy perhaps their first taste of virtual reality with the Gear VR headset without paying more than the cost of the S7/S7 edge. These types of consumers may also find the separate cost of a high-end virtual reality headset from Oculus to be too expensive.
After forming the GVRA with Sony, Acer, Facebook, HTC and Google, Samsung is reportedly looking to launch its first ever AR (augmented reality) headset. Additionally, the company is also in the process of bringing forth the next Gear VR headset as well. Apparently, it was vice-president Sung-Hoon Hong himself who had revealed the aforementioned information at the Virtual Reality Summit in San Diego.
"Samsung's hologram technology is really, really realistic. It looks really touchable," - Sung-Hoon Hong.
In more of what he said at the summit, it might have been indicated that the next Gear VR headset is going to debut at the Mobile World Congress in February, 2017. Considering that it was only a few months back that Samsung had launched the last Gear VR, along with the disastrous Galaxy Note 7, we suggest that you take this news with a pinch of salt.
If you are excited about the augmented reality project, the report mentions that Samsung is planning to target businesses with this upcoming headset, rather than direct consumers. Even then, it is too early in the day to predict where and in which way the AR project will be heading in the future. A startup named Magic Leap was mentioned by Hoon according to the report and speculations suggest that this has something to do with the AR project in question here.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung announced the Samsung Gear VR virtual reality accessory for the Galaxy Note 4 phablet last week. The Pricing details are out, it will cost $199 in the US. This comes straight from a spokesperson for the Korean company, so it's pretty much official.
Sure, a press release would have been nice, but this will have to do for now. The price was revealed at the New York Fashion Week of all places.
With this, the final piece in the Gear VR's pricing puzzle was put in its place. Recently a rumor claimed the Gear VR would cost €199 in the Eurozone. And since mobile devices and accessories usually get the exact same prices in dollars and euros, the $199 amount for the US seems to confirm that same level for Europe.
Alongside the new Galaxy Note 4 phablet, Samsung is today announcing a new accessory, the Gear VR. The Gear VR is a virtual reality headset powered by the Note 4. Samsung built it in partnership with Oculus, maker of the Oculus Rift, arguably the best VR headset, and recent Facebook acquistion. The company says the Gear VR will be available later this fall for an unspecified price.
The Gear VR brings to mind Google's Cardboard project, which uses a smartphone and cheap lenses to provide a basic 3D virtual reality experience.
The Gear VR uses the Note 4 (and Only the Note 4, it's not compatible with any other smartphone, Samsung or otherwise) for all of its processing and display features. The Note 4 snaps into the Gear VR, in front of dual-lenses that provide the 3D effect. There's a trackpad and back button on the right side of the Gear VR, and a focus adjustment on top. Samsung tells me that it's compatible with Bluetooth gaming controllers, but there aren't any specific controls for your hands at this time. Navigating menus, exploring worlds, and playing games is mostly done with head movements and taps on the side-mounted trackpad.
Using the Gear VR is very similar to using the Oculus Rift: it's a completely immersive experience that detaches you from your real environment. But unlike the Rift, there are no wires tethering you and the Gear VR to a computer, so you can freely move about and walk around. And since you strap the Gear VR to your head, you don't have to hold up to your face the entire time like Google Cardboard. There is a mode to enable the Note 4's rear camera while wearing the Gear VR, so you can "switch off" the virtual experience and see the real world.
Samsung's Sept,3 IFA event is very soon. Here's the first look at the upcoming Samsung Virtual Reality Headset. According to the photo source, the company is set to unveil this device (codenamed Project Moonlight) at its upcoming Unpacked event in Berlin and New York, where Samsung is also expected to announce the Galaxy Note 4.
The image seems to show a focus dial and ample lenses, as well as a front panel that would hold a phone, falling in line with previous rumors.
"Oculus" which uses a Note 3 display in some of its newer headsets has previously been reported to be tied up with this project, a nod to the fact that modern smartphones have large, ultra-high-resolution displays and enough sensors to accomplish much of the orientation that a full virtual reality system needs.