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Samsung’s Gear VR headset is now available for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

Published May 8th, 2015 7:15PM EDT
Galaxy S6 Gear VR Innovator Edition
Image: Samsung

We found out earlier this week that the Oculus Rift won’t begin shipping until early next year, but Galaxy S6 and S6 edge owners don’t have to wait that long that get a taste of virtual reality. On Friday, Samsung released the updated Gear VR Innovator Edition for its new flagship smartphones, which you can buy right now for $199.99.

READ MORE: What happens when an iPhone user spends two weeks using the Galaxy S6

Unlike other standalone virtual reality headsets, the Gear VR is powered by Samsung’s smartphone and use the phone’s display to immerse the user in VR. The original Gear VR was only compatible with the Galaxy Note 4, which made for an incredibly small audience, but now that S6 owners can join in on the fun, the Gear VR might see a slight resurgence.

We got our hands on the refreshed model at MWC 2015 this year, which you can read about here, and although we still don’t see it as a must-buy for Samsung smartphone owners, it’ll only get better as more developer jump on board the VR train in the coming months and years.

You can pick up a Gear VR Innovator Edition of your very own at Samsung’s online store today for $199.99.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.


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