Samsung Canada Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6 gets Canadians Closer to the Virtual Reality Revolution

Jun 25, 2015

Samsung Canada Expands Wearable Category with Mobile Virtual Reality

MISSISSAUGA, ON – June 25, 2015 – Samsung Canada, today announced that the Gear VR Innovator Edition for Samsung Galaxy S6, compatible with both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, is available for preorder now exclusively at BestBuy.ca, and will be available for purchase online at BestBuy.ca and in-store at Samsung Experience Stores’ locations beginning Friday, July 17. Powered by Oculus, the latest Gear VR broadens the accessibility of mobile virtual reality and offers Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge users the opportunity to immerse themselves in new worlds and experiences.

“We are thrilled to bring our innovative Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6 to Canadian consumers,” said Paul Brannen, Executive Vice President Mobile Solutions, Samsung Electronics Canada. “The availability of Gear VR confirms Samsung is committed to this new platform. Along with our great partners Oculus and Best Buy, we’re excited to work with the developers, content creators, partners to lead the mobile VR revolution in Canada.”

“It’s exciting that Canada will now be able to experience amazing virtual reality through Best Buy next month,” said Max Cohen, head of mobile at Oculus. “Oculus is fully dedicated to making great VR possible, and we’re extremely proud of the Gear VR Innovator Edition for Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Whether consumers are interested in watching movies on the moon in Oculus Cinema, flying a jet pack in richly detailed worlds, or visiting far-off locations via 360 Photos, Gear VR makes it all possible.”

Samsung’s continued expansion of its wearable line of devices is bringing virtual reality to Canadians in an affordable and accessible way. The addition of Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6 to the Samsung lineup means that Samsung’s latest premium and best-selling smartphones, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, can now be used as VR devices to get closer to immersive and captivating 360-degree content.

  • Immersive Viewing Experience: Featuring the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge industry-best 577 ppi and Quad HD Super AMOLED® displays, users can view videos, short films, games and other content on the Gear VR in exquisite detail and with less pixilation. The 96 degree field of view puts consumers front and centre with an immersive experience.

  • Intuitive Design: Size, straps, airflow and a built-in anti-fog system, make the Gear VR convenient and comfortable to wear.

  • Extensive Content Library: The Oculus Store gives users easy access to an ever-growing library of regularly updated VR content, including free and premium games, apps and videos created exclusively for Gear VR such as INSIDE THE BOX OF KURIOS™ - Cabinet of Curiosities a coproduction between Cirque du Soleil Média and Felix & Paul Studios. This piece of content takes viewers on a 9 m 57s (10 minute) extravaganza that will immerse the user into Cirque du Soleil’s most recent touring show KURIOS™ - Cabinet of Curiosities.

Pricing and Availability

Canadians can preorder the Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6 now exclusively online at BestBuy.ca. The device will be available for purchase online at BestBuy.ca and in-store at Samsung Experience Stores’ beginning Friday, July 17 for $249.99 (MSRP).

Samsung Gear VR Product Specifications:

    Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Dimensions 196.1 (W) x 98.5 (L) x 82.8 (H)
    Sensor Accelerator, Gyrometer, Proximity (Mount/Unmount Detection)
    Motion to Photon Latency <20 ms
    Field of View 96 degrees
    IPD Coverage 54 ~ 70 mm (Fixed Lenses)
    Accessories Replaceable Face Form, Carrying Pouch, Lens Cleaning Cloth
    Color Frost White
    Connectivity microUSB connection to the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

Read and follow warnings and instructions with the Headset before use. The Headset should be calibrated before each use. Not for use by children under 13. A virtual reality experience may trigger health reactions. See a doctor before use if you have a history of seizures. Stop use if you experience health reactions.

About Samsung Electronics Canada

Samsung Electronics Canada inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances and printers. Samsung globally is a leader in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Smart Home initiative. In 2014, Samsung was ranked one of top 10 most influential brands in Canada, based on a study by Ipsos Reid. Committed to making a difference in communities across Canada, its Samsung Hope for Children corporate giving program supports children's education, sustainability and health-related issues. Globally, Samsung employs 307000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of $196 billion.

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