Gear VR price, release date: Samsung' virtual reality headset available now for $99

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Samsung has finally made the Gear VR consumer ready by officially launching the device and making it available for sale at Amazon and BestBuy. Priced at $99, consumers will be able to experience virtual reality if the headset gear is paired with one of the latest Samsung Android smartphones. 

However, only Samsung phones are compatible to it at the moment. These include the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S6 Edge and the Galaxy S6 Edge+. 

The gear has a dimension of 3.54 x 7.8 x 4.57 inches. It comes only in white variant but the strap and the phone cover in front is black. 

To use the Gear VR, users only need to snap in any compatible Samsung phone in the gear and enter the world of virtual reality. Apps and games are available for download and these apps have the ability to interact with the user’s head through the Gear VR. 

Samsung also promises to change the way users watch movies on smartphones through the use of this device. Once the gear is snapped on the user’s head, by which the user is technically putting the phone nearer to their eyes, and with the gear’s special programming, the experience is comparable to watching the movie inside a wide cinema house. 

Buyers are assured that there will be content like games and apps to play around with this device the moment it is purchased.

In an interview with Engadget last September, Jim Willson, Director of Immersive Products and VR at Samsung, said, “Virtual reality that’s accessible to consumers is still very young and so it was all about developing the ecosystem.” 

Willson added that they had to make sure there was enough content, both in terms of video and gaming, for users to enjoy. 

There is also an option to amplify the virtual reality experience. Consumers can purchase the SteelSeries Stratus XL for Windows + AndroidTM separately. It is basically a separate game controller device that allows for more flexibility with game controls and maneuvers. 

The Gear VR is also available for hands-on at selected Best Buy and AT&T stores.