Samsung Gear VR headsets, powered by Facebook-owned virtual reality developer Oculus Rift, have gone on sale in the United States. Priced at $99 Samsung’s Gear VR is the first consumer-ready virtual reality product to hit the stores.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted on his facebook wall, “After years of development, we’re shipping the first consumer virtual reality product — Samsung Gear VR, a mobile VR headset powered by Oculus. Our mission with Oculus is empower you to experience anything, anywhere with anyone. Now, you can begin to step into a world with thousands of immersive videos, movies and games with Samsung Galaxy S6 and Note 5 phones.”
He also wrote, “I believe VR is the next big computing platform — and a lot of people will experience it for the first time on mobile.” He also mentioned that for Virtual Reality, this was a historic day.
Zuckerberg also shared a photo of him playing CCP's Gunjack on Gear VR with Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe. He shared his experience with Gear VR as, “It's hard to explain how fun and immersive the experience feels of instantly being in another place -- in space, under water, on a mountain, anywhere. I look forward to many more people having this experience in the years to come.”
Samsung’s Gear VR headset powered by Facebook's Oculus is now available for $99 on Amazon.com, Samsung.com and BestBuy.com. The Gear VR weighs just 310 grams which is 19 percent lighter than the Innovator Edition launched earlier. The Samsung's Gear VR is compatible with high-end Samsung smartphones such as Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and S6 edge+.