Virtual Reality Goes Mobile, As Oculus-Powered Gear VR Headset Now Available

"Innovator Edition" aimed at developers and tech enthusiasts now available to buy for $200.

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Following its announcement in September, a developer-focused "Innovator Edition" version of the Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR headset is now available to buy from the Samsung web store for $200.

While anyone can buy the Gear VR headset, Oculus head of mobile, Max Cohen, says the device--which requires a Note 4 to function as the screen--is not quite a mass-market proposition just yet.

"This product is intended for developers and early adopting tech enthusiasts," Cohen told GameSpot, adding, however, that he believes its launch is an important first step for mobile VR.

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"What this really does [is] it shows the promise of portable VR," Cohen said.

The types of content Gear VR users will find, games and other media offerings, are more in line with demos than full experiences, Cohen explained. However, you'll start to see the content pipeline ramp up in 2015, he said.

Cohen also maintains that Gear VR will, eventually, appeal to a global audience, even if the product is first geared more towards people in the United States and Europe.

"This is going to be a worldwide product; it's just going to be a little bit of a deliberate rollout," he said. "We're rolling out a brand new store, a brand new platform, we're not trying to rush it too fast, so we're being a little bit deliberate about it. The goal is to make this as accessible as possible. Does that mean it's going to be in every country? No, but Samsung is an international company, and so we'll be working with them over the upcoming months--and years--to make sure that we get it as wide as possible."

Oculus VP of product Nate Mitchell added: "We're just taking our time and really trying to get it right in each region before we take that next step forward."

For lots more on Samsung Gear VR, check out GameSpot sister site CNET's in-depth coverage.

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Some pretty exciting games coming to the Gear VR


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Some pretty exciting games are coming to the Gear VR


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So it's a nogo for me and my note 3? :( What about for my shield tablet?

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I'd love to see the the battery percentage of my Tablet after using this for 30 minutes.


In my mind, it's just another gimick. I doubt VR will get anywhere until Tablets and the like advance. Or should I say battery tech.
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"which requires a Note 4 to function as the screen" So for the mobile version you're basically buying the head frame for but have to supply your own Note phone to function as the screen lol.

I'd rather use the cardboard box version.

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Oculus is to the future of gaming what Tiger was to the future of handhelds.

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Ordered and waiting! Can't wait to watch movies on it more than anything. Heard good stuff.

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Can't wait for the pr0n.

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It was junk back in the days with the 3d glasses for the Master System, it was still crap with the Virtual Boy, and it still is crap. the only way I could see total immersion would be in a small room with the 3d environment shown on every wall, ceiling and floor.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I tested all of those and you are right they where junk. But you are very incorrect if this new product is the same or remotely comparative to the 80's-90's

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Strapping a screen to your face is no virtual reality, that is actual stupidity. Facebook rift is however a joke.

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what is the women watching ?

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VR is the new old gimmick.

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the only way I will ever wear one of those bricks is when I am even more piss drunk than I already am now, keep trying OR, go get some

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Nope

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i'm still waiting for the release of the Nervegear

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The what?

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$200 to play phone app games in VR...Hell no. Not even if the consumer version is $50.

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It's good for lowering your Iq level.

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True VR is decades away, this is just fancy 3D with marketing buzz words attached to it.

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Pass on first gen tech.

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Still waiting for VR to offer more then novelty.

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Ultimate Christmas gifts for each other.

We should have a gift exchange.

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I think I'll wait for a couple more iterations to be released...

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I can't help but imagining a bus full of people holding to their phone and with a VR headset on their head. This is nothing else than South park's Grounded Vindaloop waiting to happen :S

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That episode was awesome :)

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No interest in this really, cant wait for the retail Oculus Rift headset though.

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so this is for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and is not compatible with other smartphone....well thats understandable since its s partnership with Samsung and Oculus, but using a VR for a smartphone....no thanks

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So still just a dev kit.


No VR for consumers still.

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The fact that Facebook owns this thing I will never buy it. Mark Suckaturd is a asshole.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Well considering its on document that he said all facebook users are "dumb fu*kers" for trusting the site with your personal data is good enough reason for me.


Look it up please and don't take my word.

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Sooooooo, you cannot use this anything BUT a mobile VR? I will stick with my Oculus headset.

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