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Pre-orders begin for the consumer Samsung Gear VR
Pre-orders for the consumer version of the Samsung Gear VR are finally live to reignite our interest in virtual reality, and just in time for the holiday shopping season too.
Gear VR pre-orders are now live over at Best Buy in the US. The headset comes with a $99.99 price tag and the release date is scheduled for November 20th. If you’re interested in one, remember that the Gear VR only works with a small selection of Samsung Galaxy smartphones, which are also responsible for generating the content. The Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Note 5 are supported with the consumer version, thanks to the adjustable slider that holds the phone in place.
The Gear VR was originally announced back in September 2014 and has seen a couple of developer hardware revisions since then. While the consumer version still presses down on the cheeks a little, we found that it is lighter than the previous models, which is a major bonus.
To sweeten the deal, Best Buy is also throwing in a 16GB microSD card that comes preloaded with 3D movie trailers and a selection of 360 degree videos, more of which will be available through Samsung Milk VR. Owners will also be able to stream videos from Vimeo, Hulu, Netflix and Twitch while sitting in a virtual theater. This is something that we found pretty captivating during our latest hands on time with the Gear VR.
Are you planning to pick up the consumer version of the Gear VR?