Samsung’s Gear VR is one of the best and most accessible ways to experience the world of virtual reality, especially if you don’t want to drop hundreds of dollars on something like an HTC Vive. Now, on the heels of Samsung’s Note 7 announcement, the Korean company has unveiled yet another headset—and it comes with a few notable upgrades.
Before we get started, the new Gear VR, which now comes in a slick “blue black,” features a 101-degree field of view, a little bit wider compared to the 96-degree field of view of previous Gear VR headsets. The vertical range in humans is typically around 135 degrees, so Samsung’s new headset is an improvement, and should provide users with a more immersive experience.
The good news is that in addition to the new Note 7, Samsung’s Gear VR will support older devices, too, including the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S7 Edge Plus. Unfortunately, older headsets will not be compatible with the Note 7, so you’ll have to upgrade if you want to stay on the VR train.
No pricing for the headset has been unveiled but Samsung did say pre-orders will go live tomorrow, with full availability on Aug. 19. We’ll update you as soon as we know final pricing. For what it’s worth, previous Gear VR headsets have retailed for $99.