During the big Samsung launch we also saw the new Gear VR Innovator Edition. This was just minutes after leaving the HTC event, where their HTC Re Vive was on display – on the stage at least – to give you an immersive gaming experience.
Here Samsung are working with Oculus to make their VR headset work perfectly with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Me? I’m quite happy with the ultra-cheap Google Cardboard version, but this slightly more expensive version will let you watch movies and TV shows in full cinema-scope viewing … provided you don’t mind having a big thing strapped to your face.
The new version is more comfortable and can be powered by the USB port. Further Gear VR content can also be downloaded via an Oculus Store.
If you want one, you can already purchase a headset for £199, with this S6-specific version coming soon.
Samsung Expands its Unrivalled Mobile Virtual Reality Experience with
Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6 and S6 edge
Samsung and Oculus refine Gear VR to provide a better, enhanced overall user experience while delivering fully immersive content
London, UK, 1st March, 2015 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. continues its leadership in wearable technology and mobile virtual reality with its latest Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition, fully optimised and compatible with Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, its next generation smartphones. The Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6, powered by Oculus, gives more users the opportunity to enjoy Samsung’s unrivalled, fully-immersive and cinematic virtual reality experience, with improved viewing as well as a more comfortable design.
- Extraordinary Entertainment: Optimised for both the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and its 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, Gear VRInnovator Edition lets users engage with high-resolution movies, TV shows, VOD services and photos like never before. With reduced pixilation and a wide field-of-view, users receive a better virtual reality experience with longer lasting usage time.
- Improved Comfort: The 15% reduction in size makes Samsung Gear VR more comfortable to wear. Ergonomically redesigned straps give better weight balance, while mechanical ventilation supports an extended VR experience.
- High Quality Performance: Greater computing power and improved graphics quality enable users to explore the best virtual reality adventures.
- USB Compatibility: The Gear VR can now be powered with its USB port for extended usage time.
- Robust Ecosystem: Gear VR content is available for download via the Oculus Store. Users have an extensive selection of optimised, localised virtual reality content from top-tier creators including thrilling VR games and 360 degree including a new performance from Cirque du Soleil, Kurios.
Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition Product Specifications
Designed for innovative consumers, specifically VR enthusiasts, developers, mobile experts and professionals, and early technology adopters.
|Gear VR||Dimension||196 x 107.9 x 82.9 mm|
|Sensor||Accelerator, Gyrometer, Proximity (Mount/Unmount Detection)|
|FOV*Field of View||96 degree|
|IPD Coverage||54 ~ 70 mm (Fixed Lenses)|
|Accessory||Replaceable Face Form, Carrying Pouch, Lens Cleaning Cloth|
|Connectivity||microUSB connection to the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge|
* All functionality, features, specifications, and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.