Among the many tech giants that seem to be currently involved in the virtual reality space, Samsung appears to be the fastest one when it comes to bringing its products to market. Earlier today, Samsung has just announced its first consumer-oriented virtual reality headset, the Samsung Gear VR.
While Samsung Gear VR headsets have been around for a while now, these were enthusiast's devices that Samsung sold as part of its Innovator Edition series. The new version is the first one that drops the Innovator Edition tagline, which is probably Samsung's way of hinting that its Gear VR headsets are ready for prime time.
One major difference between the new Samsung Gear VR and the previous products is that the new headset is compatible with a range of Samsung's high-end Galaxy smartphones, not just one. The Gear VR can work with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 edge.
Although the extended phone compatibility will certainly help with user adoption, it's the pricing of the product that most users will be drawn to. While the old Innovator Edition headsets were priced at $199, the new Samsung Gear VR will only cost $99.