Samsung and Oculus Introduce the Next Edition of the Gear VR

Dec 23. 2015

Delivering a plethora of new content options for the most enjoyable and comfortable mobile VR experience

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – XX November, 2015 – Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced its latest Gear VR device, compatible with the Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, extending its leadership in the wearables category. The latest edition of the Gear VR is compatible with even more Samsung smartphones, leveraging each device’s Super AMOLED display to provide the colour, clarity and performance needed for an exciting virtual reality experience.

“Samsung has been at the forefront of delivering mobile excellence and the Gear VR Innovator Edition launched last year was no exception,” says Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung SA. “We see virtual reality as the next computing platform and are thrilled to partner with Oculus on Gear VR, setting the standard for mobile VR and bringing this revolutionary product to consumers.”

The Samsung Gear VR is 22 percent lighter than the previous Gear VR Innovator Edition, including new foam cushioning to make the device more comfortable to wear. The touchpad has also been improved, providing greater control while enjoying the large selection of films, games, 360 degree videos and experiential content. Users can also increase the Gear VR capabilities with the Bluetooth Samsung Smartphone GamePad that connects wirelessly with the Galaxy handset to provide full control of their virtual reality experience.

“Working together with Samsung, we've redefined virtual reality and created the best mobile virtual reality available today,” says Brendan Iribe, CEO, Oculus. “People are playing VR games with friends and sharing 360 video experiences and photos around world with the Gear VR – and it’s only the beginning of what’s possible with mobile VR.”

“The world of Gear VR is all about the wow factor and bringing imagination to life. With such extensive content and improved design, we are delivering what our customers want: a fully immersive virtual reality experience,” concludes Fleischer.

The Samsung Gear VR will be available in South Africa at a suggested retail price of R1,999 in Frost White. The device will be available from Samsung Brand Stores from November.

For full details of product information and images, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com.

Samsung Gear VR Product Specifications

Dimension / Weight 201.9 x 116.4 x 92.6 mm / 310 g
Sensor Accelerator, Gyrometer, Proximity (Mount / Unmount Detection)
FOV
*Field of View
96 degrees
IPD Coveragee 54 ~ 70 mm (Fixed Lenses)
Colour Frost White
Compatibility Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ and S6 edge

*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies that redefine the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. We are also leading in the Internet of Things space with the open platform SmartThings, our broad range of smart devices, and through proactive cross-industry collaboration. We employ 319,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of US $196 billion. To discover more, and for the latest news, feature articles and press material, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at news.samsung.com.

About Oculus VR, Inc.

Oculus VR, a Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) company, is revolutionizing the way people experience video games and other digital content. The company’s first product, the highly anticipated Oculus Rift, is a virtual reality headset that allows players to step inside the game. It provides an immersive, stereoscopic 3D experience with an ultra-wide field of view and super low latency head tracking. For more information, visit: www.oculusvr.com.

 

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Phathutshedzo Nepfumbada
Samsung Electronics South Africa
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