Peter Koo, SVP Technology Strategy at Samsung, took the stage at the Oculus Connect 2 developer conference to announce updates to the Gear VR headset, aimed squarely at the consumer market.
In front of close to 1,500 developers, VR industry leaders, and streamed live online and in 360-degree video, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe introduced Koo to unveil the new Samsung Gear VR headset that will work with even more Samsung phones, including the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, S6 and S6 edge.
The Samsung Gear VR is 22 percent lighter than the previous Gear VR Innovator Edition, and includes new foam cushioning to hopefully make the device more comfortable to wear.
In addition to the weight optimization, the Gear VR’s touchpad has been improved, providing greater control while enjoying media like Nextflix (now available on Gear VR) and gaming content available on the Samsung and Oculus headset.
“Together with Samsung, we’ve redefined virtual reality and created the best mobile VR experience available today,” said Brendan Iribe, CEO, Oculus. “On Gear VR, people are playing immersive VR games with friends, sharing 360 video experiences, and teleporting around the world with photos and videos – and it’s only the beginning for what’s possible with mobile VR.”
The Samsung Gear VR will be available in Frost White for $99 USD just in time for Black Friday.