Samsung on Friday, announced the Gear VR virtual reality headset that is compatible with Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The Gear VR Innovator Edition was unveiled in September 2014 when Samsung unveiled Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge.
Priced at $199.99, the Gear VR can be purchased from the official Samsung website or through Best Buy. The new edition is quite different from the Galaxy Note 4 version of Gear VR. The headset is smaller and lighter, redesigned straps and an inbuilt fan for airflow. The device features octa-core Exynos 7420 chipset that powers the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, for smoother virtual reality experience.
Though the Gear VR provides an improved viewing experience with its high-PPI display, the small display translates into a narrow field of view. The Innovator Edition works in the same way as the version for the Galaxy Note 4 by inserting the S6 smartphone into the headset for the virtual reality experience. The headset is controlled by a small touchpad on the right side of the headset.
Samsung has brought in some upgrades to the new Gear VR. The transparent cover on the front has been removed, charging port is in the bottom (for charging while the headset is in use), and a fan to cool down the device. Samsung Milk VR, a curated app offers users a range of virtual reality experience, ranging from music to sports.
However, the name of the Gear VR Innovator Edition indicates that the device is aimed at developers who are interested in developing VR apps. Consumers looking for a user-friendly device, they will have to wait for the Oculus Rift or the HTC Valve Vive. Buy the Gear VR Innovator Edition from Samsung or BestBuy.