Starting today February 23rd, when you pre-order a Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge you will get a Samsung Gear VR included for free.
Samsung announced the latest deal at their Unpacked event in Barcelona this past weekend. On top of also including a Gear VR for this limited supply bundle, Oculus is throwing in a content bundle featuring six made-for-VR games with an estimated $50 USD value for all US pre-orders.
Bundles will vary by service provider but should include games like EVE: Gunjack, Land’s End and Anshar Wars 2. It is not clear why different carriers are bundling different titles of games, but either way, its great to see some of our favorite and most compelling titles included.
The Samsung Gear VR usually sells for $99.99, so this latest promotion from Samsung should entice a few consumers to pre-order their S7 early and introduce a whole slew of new users to mobile VR. The purchase period for the promotion ends on March 18, 2016 or until supply runs out. Which according to Samsung caps out at 300,00 Gear VR units.
If you purchased a qualifying S7, you can claim your Gear VR promotion here.
With now over 200+ apps on the Oculus store, there is something for everyone on the Gear VR. Every week we share our Weekend Downloads of new Gear VR content that hit the store during the week and there are always gems in there try. Oculus is also expected to make improvements to the Oculus app and Store by allowing user reviews. User reviews have been a much needed and requested feature to help sort through the ever growing content in the store – making it that much easier to decide on what you should download next.
If you are still deciding on whether to take Samsung up on this Gear VR bundle, Oculus is also making improvements to 360 video in VR. During the same Unpacked event over the weekend, Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage and announced that Oculus would be dramatically increasing the resolution of 360 VR videos watched in the Gear VR. Facebook and Oculus developed Dynamic Streaming technology to deliver this more efficient way of 360 video streaming playback.
Samsung also introduced their Gear 360 camera that will be work directly with the S7 and Gear VR, making it easier then ever to capture moments in 360° and instantly save them to your camera roll so you can upload straight to Gear VR or share with your friends on Facebook.
And speaking of pre-orders, don’t forget that the HTC Vive pre-orders begin on February 29th and will run you $799 for the VR system.