Samsung and Oculus Introduce the First Consumer Version of Gear VR

Nov 25. 2015

With a new and refined design, Samsung and Oculus deliver the most enjoyable and comfortable mobile VR experience to consumers

Samsung and Oculus Introduce the First Consumer Version of Gear VR

Singapore, 25 November 2015 – Samsung Electronics Singapore today announced the availability of the Samsung Gear VR, the first consumer version of the Gear VR device. Powered by Oculus technology, this new headset is fully optimised and compatible with more Samsung Galaxy smartphones than the previous Innovator Edition.  

"Samsung strives to be at the forefront of technology and innovation, and our improvements to the Samsung Gear VR is a testament to that. From the ‘Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6’ launched earlier this year, we want to continue to push boundaries and bring the future of mobile technology to our customers with the new Samsung Gear VR headset for consumers," said Eugene Goh, Vice President, IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Singapore.

The Samsung Gear VR is compatible with the latest Samsung flagship smartphones, including the Galaxy Note 5 4G+, Galaxy S6 edge+ 4G+, Galaxy S6 edge 4G+ and Galaxy S6 4G+, leveraging each device’s SUPER AMOLED display to provide the colour, clarity and performance needed for an amazing virtual reality experience. Along with access to an ecosystem of content options, the ergonomic design and ultra-high resolution display of the Gear VR allow users to enjoy a truly immersive and cinematic virtual reality experience.

An improved and refined version targeted at the everyday consumer, the Samsung Gear VR is 19 percent lighter than its predecessor. This new edition also includes a new foam cushioning that makes the device more comfortable to wear. It features an improved cross-shaped touchpad which provides users with greater ease of control while enjoying the extensive selection of film, gaming, 360-degree video and experiential content available on the Samsung Gear VR.

"Together with Oculus, the Samsung Gear VR reinforces Samsung’s goal to bring innovative mobile entertainment for consumers to the next level. Whether it’s sharing 360-degree video experiences, or teleporting around the world through photos and videos, the Samsung Gear VR is truly opening up a world of possibilities," added Goh.

Step onto the stage and immerse in a 360-degree performance from Cirque du Soleil, experience the Jurassic World in close proximity of a living dinosaur with awe, or solve a mystery with Sherlock Holmes - Consumers can experience another world in an instant with the Samsung Gear VR.

The Samsung Gear VR also brings the next-level of gaming experience. Watch spaceships and enemies come alive in a series of intense combat games specially developed for the Samsung Gear VR. With the Samsung Gear VR, consumers can enjoy virtual reality with more depth.

Local Availability and Pricing

The Samsung Gear VR in Frost White will be available from 28 November 2015 at a recommended retail price of $148 at SITEX, local telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics stores and Samsung Experience Stores.

To thank loyal customers for their continuous support, Samsung will be offering consumers a series of promotions:

• Samsung Experience Stores and Consumer Electronics Stores
 - With every purchase of the Samsung Gear VR, consumers can enjoy the Samsung Gear Circle at $98 (RRP $168). Promotion valid until 3 January 2016.

• SITEX Promotion
 - Consumers can enjoy the Gear VR at $98 (RRP $148) with every purchase of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 4G+, Galaxy S6 edge+ 4G+, Galaxy S6 edge 4G+ or Galaxy S6 4G+. Promotion is available at SITEX from 28 to 29 November 2015.

Full details and product images are available at: https://edelmanftp.box.com/s/91992siz9uevwv9k0obbio4w72na5xc6

Not recommended for children under 13 years, please see doctor before use if pregnant, elderly and/or with heart, epileptic or medical conditions. Detailed health and safety warnings apply, please see https://oculus.com/warnings.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
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Samsung and Oculus Introduce the First Consumer Version of Gear VR