Virtual reality (VR) is back in the game, and from 4 June, you’ll get to experience it through the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition headset.
Built in collaboration with VR headset maker Oculus, the Samsung-branded VR headset is a complementary accessory to the South Korean company’s most recent smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Dock the S6 into the Gear VR headset, and you’ll get to watch movies in a 360-degree view. Much like how you would see a movie in an IMAX theatre, only much more immersive. Imagine the “Battle for Avengers Tower” scene. Only this time, you’re watching it in a mind-blowing 360-degree view. Adding on to this is the Oculus Cinema app, which lets you watch trailers and even your own movies in the same immersive experience.
While not all games are compatible with the VR headset, there are specific ones that tap into the VR view. If you can live with the dorky image of donning a headset and walking on the street, the headset also comes with a Pass-Through feature that uses the S6’s rear camera to capture and feed real world visual to you. Incoming calls and messages are also relayed to the headset's
The good news, you ask? It won’t burn a hole in your pocket at S$298. The only caveat is that you’ll need a Samsung Galaxy S6 (which costs at least S$998) for the headset to work.
The three telcos, M1, Singtel and StarHub, will be selling the VR headset. Alternatively, you can get it from the Samsung Experience Stores or major electronic retailers such as Courts and Challenger. Too busy to visit a physical store? There’s also an online shopping option via Lazada.sg