The launch of Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) is imminent, at least in the USA. The company revealed last month that the device would launch in early December in the country and while specific details still haven’t been revealed it appears as if Samsung is preparing for the launch. This week sees the company drop the price of its Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, which is the only handset that is compatible with Gear VR, in what looks like a move to make the set up more affordable for those ready to renew a contract.
The Note 4 can now be picked up on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint contracts for $199 USD. Combine that with the $199 starting price for the Gear VR itself and one could now get the entire set up for under $400. Of course, certain monthly fees will also apply under the contract, although this is true of any phone and undoubtedly makes the Gear VR a more affordable proposition. There doesn’t seem to have been any sort of drop for a straight up purchase of the phone, meaning it will still set you back around $800.
Gear VR will be launching as an Innovator’s Edition that is aimed at both early adopters and developers yet to get their hands on the kit, offering VR experiences running at a 2.5K resolution. It will initially be releasing with a free store only, meaning many of the experiences available at the start will be simple demos or shorter pieces. Some developers however are opting to give entire videogames away for free at the start. A premium store will be arriving later down the line at an unknown date.
VRFocus will continue to follow Gear VR, reporting back with any further updates on its development.