It’s time to make some friends. LG Friends, that is. B&H Photo has just posted pre-orders for both the LG 360 Cam and the LG 360 VR headset for $199 each. We knew life with Friends wouldn’t be cheap, but yeah, this is a little more expensive than we were hoping. No shipping date has yet been listed.
I suppose 200 bucks for the 360 VR camera is reasonable enough, seeing its uses are wide-ranging and it’s a standalone device that doesn’t require any particular phone to function. Not so the LG 360 VR though, which currently only works with the LG G5.
Considering the LG G5 will run you anywhere from $576 over the course of a two-year contract with Sprint ($24/month for 24 months) or $688 outright via AT&T, an additional $199 for the VR experience might be pushing it for most people. While Samsung’s Gear VR is half the price of LG’s, the newer Galaxy phones it works with tend to be about $100 more expensive than the G5’s list price, so there’s that.
We’ll have to wait and see what Samsung’s Gear 360 camera gets listed at, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it at the same price point as LG’s offering or maybe even a little more expensive at around $250 considering it’s technically a more advanced VR camera than the LG 360 Cam (the Gear 360 shoots at close to 4K resolution while the LG 360 Cam shoots at 2K).
What do you think of these price points? Do you think LG’s approach is better or Samsung’s?