Enter the Samsung Gear VR

  • Samsung
  • Friday, 10 Jul 2015

The Samsung Gear VR (Innovator Edition for S6) is developed in collaboration between Samsung and Oculus VR. Photo: NORAFIFI EHSAN/The Star

Samsung has unveiled the Gear VR (Innovator Edition) headset, exclusively built for its flagships smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

Once the user straps on the Gear VR, they will be able to experience selected games, movies and apps as if they were in front of a huge screen with a 96° viewing angle.

The Gear VR needs an S6/S6 Edge to work, as the smartphone – which connects to it via the microUSB port – will double up as the screen.

It has built-in accelerator, gyrometer, geomagnetic and proximity sensors to detect the user’s movement – as users move their head, the scene around them will change.

Additionally, there is a touchpad on the side of the Gear VR for navigation and ­controlling apps. Optionally, users can also hook up a compatible Android Bluetooth gamepad for easier navigation.

The Gear VR was designed with ergonomics in mind with better weight distribution and adjustable straps for a comfortable fit, according to the South Korean electronics giant.

It also has a wheel for adjusting focus, which will be particularly handy for users who wear spectacles, as they won’t be able to wear their glasses when using the Gear VR.

The headset was built in collaboration Oculus VR, the pioneer in virtual reality technologies. Roman From Mars, Mortal Blitz Lite, Rocket Toss, Herobound: Spirit Champion, Shooting Showdown 2, Battle of Avengers Tower are some of the titles on the Oculus Store. The store is only accessible once the smartphone is hooked up to the headset.

The Gear VR (Innovator Edition) goes for RM799 (inclusive of 6% GST) at selected Samsung Experience Stores in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and Johor.

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