You’ll be able to get your hands on Samsung’s Gear VR headset by Christmas

Galaxy Note 4 not provided. Photo: Samsung

Galaxy Note 4 not provided. Photo: Samsung

When Samsung’s Gear VR headset was announced earlier this year, my colleague Killian Bell wrote that if this “isn’t the coolest smartphone accessory ever made, then I don’t know what is.”

For those who don’t know, the Gear VR is a device — resembling a giant pair of ski goggles — that turns your Galaxy Note 4 into a virtual reality headset. There’s even the option to activate the Note 4’s rear-facing camera to see what’s happening around you while you’re wearing it.

If the idea sounds interesting to you, you’ll be happy to hear that Samsung has finally announced both a shipping window and price for the Gear VR.

How much will it set you back? Read on to find out.

The Gear VR “Innovator Edition” will arrive in two editions: a $200 version which consists of just the headset, and a $250 version that comes with a Bluetooth controller. Users will need to add their own Galaxy Note 4 smartphone.

Samsung’s being a bit less specific about a shipping date, although they’ve committed to “early December,” which means that you should be able to get hold of one as a Christmas gift for the Samsung-loving person in your life (or, indeed, yourself.)

The overall package looks a lot of fun, although given that the whole setup costs around $1,000, it’s still far from an affordable VR unit. And there’s no guarantee that it will work with future Samsung handsets, either.

Via: TechCrunch