The consumer version of the Samsung Gear VR is available for pre-order now

By dkpope
Nov 10, 2015
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  1. Got an extra $99 dollars and a Samsung phone? You can now pre-order the consumer version of Samsung’s Gear VR at Best Buy. If you pre-order, you’ll get the headset after the November 20th release date and it comes with a 16GB microSD card loaded with 3D movie trailers and 360-degree videos. The headset supports Netflix, Hulu, Twitch and Vimeo streaming. You will have to wait if you want to stream from TiVo.

    The cost of the headset is $99, which sounds pretty cheap, but keep in mind you need to also have one of the compatible phones, that include the Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 edge, and Galaxy S6. Best Buy’s website says that the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 will require a software update from your carrier to use the Gear VR.

    Internal sensors track your head movement while wearing the headset, and the smartphone is used for its screen and processing power. Gaming-wise, the Gear VR will be able play "dozens of new made-for-VR games" headed to the Oculus platform this year, including CCP's Gunjack and Ustwo Games' Lands End.

    Compared to the Innovator Edition version that's been available for some time, the new consumer-version Gear VR is 19 percent lighter, includes a new foam cushioning to make it more comfy to wear, and brings improvements to the touchpad for greater control and easier navigation.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,110   +1,377

    There is no reason in not supporting Note 4, except marketing. Time to share some well-deserved hatred for Samsung.
  3. poohbear

    poohbear TS Booster Posts: 98   +56

    Wouldnt they sell more if it was available to Note4 and S5 owners? Why are last years customers left out?
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,339   +1,938

    You must remember this device is the 1st one available to the consumer and not every Samsung smartphone user is going to buy it so it's not going to support all the phones Samsung has released up till now. When they move onto Gear V2 it'll probably have support for more devices and things should only get better from then on. Why would you want to waste your money on a functionally limited and overpriced first gen product anyway? Wait a while, these sort of things always get better and cheaper as time marches on.
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,110   +1,377

    That is nonsense. This is the 2nd generation, not the 1st one. Sumsung doiesn't have to support all phones, only the ones compatible with the device, which includes Note 4 and S5. They are only excluded for the reason to make people upgrade, no other reason. They aren't wasting their money, they are wasting ours, by trying to force the pointless upgrade upon users.
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  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,339   +1,938

    Of course, it's always about making more money but why buy now when you know that if you wait a little longer you'll wind up with a new and very much improved, not to mention a far cheaper unit? Patience is the key here.

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