Some say virtual reality doesn’t come cheap. We wholeheartedly disagree. And so does Samsung when its consumer version of the Samsung Gear VR hits stores on 28 November.
Priced at S$148, the Gear VR is now officially one of the most affordable VR headsets in town. Compare this to the earlier Gear VR Innovator Edition that was selling for S$298 and you can see why we’re on board with the new consumer version.
Other than the cheaper price tag, Samsung nipped and tucked a few improvements in the consumer version. For one, it’s 19 per cent lighter than the innovator edition and includes a foam cushion to make the wearing experience more comfortable.
New to the Gear VR consumer version is a cross-shaped touchpad, making it easier to locate and interact with the VR experience on the headset. Speaking of which, new VR content such as a 360-degree performance from Cirque du Soleil, watching Jurassic World in close proximity of a living dinosaur with awe, or solving a case with Sherlock Holmes are included with this new update.
Remember, the Gear VR isn’t a standalone device, it’ll need a Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6 Edge or Galaxy S6 to unlock the VR experience. It’s not a problem if you’ve already bought one of these smartphones. Else, the true cost of enjoying a VR experience at home could cost upwards of S$1000.
However, for its launch, the Gear VR will come with a few special deals. If you purchase any of the abovementioned phones from 28 to 29 November at Sitex 2015, the Gear VR is discounted to S$98. Or, if you were to purchase just the Gear VR alone at its S$148 price, you get to purchase the Samsung Gear Circle headset at S$98 (usual price S$168).