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