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New Gear VR to launch this fall for $99 with Note 5, S6 Edge Plus support, too

by Brandon Russell | September 24, 2015September 24, 2015 3:00 pm PST

Samsung is no stranger to the VR revolution. Following Google’s surprisingly delightful Cardboard, the Korean company created its own VR headsets, and even has an entire store dedicated to VR experiences. The problem was its headsets were only compatible with certain Galaxy phones, limiting Gear VR’s potential as a platform. That meant the latest flagships were out of the loop. Not anymore.

The company on Thursday announced a third generation headset, which will be compatible with the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus and the Note 5. And the best part? It’ll only cost $99 when it launches this fall.

“We see virtual reality as the next computing platform, and we are thrilled to partner with Oculus on Gear VR to set the standard for mobile VR and bring this revolutionary product to consumers,” said JK Shin, Samsung CEO.

Samsung said the new Gear VR is 22 percent lighter than its most recent model, and is also more comfortable, too. In addition, the Gear VR’s touchpad has been tweaked to provide greater control, making the headset easier to use.

While experiences like Gear VR can’t quite match what you’d see with the Oculus Rift or even HTC’s Vive, it brings virtual reality to the mainstream, and paves the way for a big new movement. I mean, Facebook is already supporting 360 videos, and YouTube has been for months now. And if that weren’t enough, Oculus announced it’s bringing Netflix, Twitch, Vimeo, Hulu and more to Samsung’s Gear VR.

Just imagine what the world will be like once everyone owns a VR headset.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...