Set to ship this upcoming November, Samsung’s latest consumer-ready version of Gear VR will be priced at just $99, bringing a gang of new features for folks obsessed with virtual reality.
For starters, Samsung is teaming up with a big list on content providers to immerse you in a ton of fun stuff. This list of providers includes Netflix, Hulu, Facebook, Vimeo, and Twitch. That’s right, you can watch House of Cards in virtual reality. The future awaits!
The new hardware is listed as being 22% lighter, making it more portable and easier on the neck. On top of a decreased weight, a newly designed foam padding should make the headset more comfortable to wear. The Gear VR is listed as being compatible with Samsung’s latest lineup, which includes the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, S6 and S6 edge.
I have played with Gear VR a bit, and my only real beef was with the motion sickness effect I felt. Each person’s body can handle this experience differently, so for those of you who don’t get motion sickness easily, and own a compatible device, the $99 price tag is certainly persuasive.