Today Samsung announced that their Gear VR Innovator Edition will be available in the United States starting in early December of this year. The Gear VR Innovator Edition is Samsung's head-mounted display that was developed in partnership with Oculus. Unlike the upcoming Oculus Rift, the Gear VR doesn't have an internal display. Instead, it acts like an accessory by using the Galaxy Note 4 as its display. 

With the launch of the Gear VR Innovator Edition, Oculus will make its Oculus Mobile SDK for Gear VR available to developers. Samsung has also partnered with Oculus and other companies to make a variety of demos and services available for the Gear VR upon launch, which I've included in the list below. 

  • As part of the Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron partnership with Samsung, Gear VR users will gain exclusive access to Tony Stark's Lab inside the all new Avengers Tower.
  • Cirque du Soleil Media presents a 360° live-action 3D VR experience, featuring an act from Zarkana filmed by Felix & Paul Studios.
  • DreamWorks VR from DreamWorks Animation allows Samsung Gear VR users to interact and laugh with DreamWorks characters and content in a whole new way like never before.
  • Harmonix Music VR takes your music library and transports you to a fully immersive, musically responsive environment, allowing you to relax in a vibrant soundscape and explore visualizations set to your favorite tracks.
  • M-GO Advanced, a new paradigm for digital video VR applications, offers an unmatched interactive search and discovery experience with Samsung Gear VR.
  • Oculus Home – Your VR home screen and content discovery center, which includes a Samsung section
  • Oculus Store – An application that lets you browse and download new content from the Oculus platform
  • Oculus Cinema – A VR movie theater and cinema where you can watch your favorite movies in an immersive virtual environment
  • Oculus 360 Videos and Photos – Be immersed in 360° videos and panoramas like never before from within Gear VR
  • Protocol Zero from DENA enables Samsung Gear VR players to infiltrate enemy grounds undetected in blackout conditions with hi-tech optics including night vision, X-ray vision, and thermal vision.
  • Temple Run VR is the latest edition in Imangi’s Temple Run series, challenging Samsung Gear VR players to run as far as they can through a perilous winter wonderland as they escape the clutches of Arctic Demon Monkeys.
  • Vevo offers more than 100,000 HD music videos, live concert events and original programming that can be enjoyed in an immersive, full-screen theater experience on Samsung Gear VR.
  • WemoLab’s theBluVR allows users to immerse themselves in the dream-like majesty of marine life.

It certainly seems like Samsung has done a good job with making partnerships to provide content for the Gear VR. However, Samsung still hasn't given any firm details regarding pricing, which will definitely be a major part of what determines the success of the Gear VR. There have been rumors that it will be around $199, but Samsung is still not advertising an official price. Hopefully we'll get more details as the release date for the Gear VR Innovator Edition approaches. More details and some of the specifications for the Gear VR and the accompanying Galaxy Note 4 are available in the source below.

Update: Oculus has confirmed the $199 pricing in a blog post, along with a $249 price for the model with an included Bluetooth gamepad.

Source: Samsung Mobile Press

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  • cbutters - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - link

    I'm interested in this. Samsung is making a good move by providing a lot of cool content with the device itself. Heck, if they threw in a bunch of movie / video content with the device, they will sell a lot more of them. It would be cool if they threw in even more content like a full season of a popular tv show or a 3d lord of the rings movie or something. It would make swallowing the 200 price tag a bit easier.
  • xrror - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - link

    Someone needs to get Jeff Minter on the phone, now!

    (In case you don't know who Jeff Minter is - Tempest 2000)
  • flyingpants1 - Friday, November 14, 2014 - link

    You can stream PC games on any Android phone.
  • Beaver M. - Monday, November 17, 2014 - link

    If Oculus didnt dig their grave with that. I would rather buy a nice 4K smartphone next year and additionally use it that way with an "head adapter" than pay extra for an Oculus Rift.
  • POM - Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - link

    Although it's technically feasible, the latency involved by streaming the game from the PC would greatly degrade the VR experience (In fact it would be a sure way to provide nausea or worse). Oculus constantly chased lower latency and higher framerate since the DK1 (the DK2 is at 75Hz, the CV1 is rumored to target 90Hz). As a result the only viable content for the GEAR VR has to be onboard the phone. There's also an absence of positionnal tracking with the phone solutions. The Oculus Rift and Gear VR are therefore complementary (and expensive) solutions...
  • Beaver M. - Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - link

    That can change quickly. Slap an input on a smartphone, improve the latency of the sensors and write an app to use the smartphones sensors. Increase resolution of the screen (2K, 4K) Voila, a semi-cheaper and better Oculus.
  • Antronman - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - link

    And who is going to do that?

    Why would somebody create such an incredibly niche product?
  • Beaver M. - Saturday, November 22, 2014 - link

    Same reason people created and copy Oculus Rift? And what would be niche about it? A display input could prolly even be implemented in a micro HDMI port, so you wouldnt even need another physical port on the phone. 2K smartphones already exist and 4K are planned for early next year. So not niche at all.
    Have you seen how many people want 2k or 4k resolution for the Rift since you can see the pixels with 1080p easily?
  • kalqlate - Monday, November 24, 2014 - link

    Unfortunately, Samsung will not make the Gear VR PC compatible. Why? If they did, it would ruin the market for their partner's Rift. EVENTUALLY, as other competing players enter the market with phones engineered for high-end VR and that DO implement compatibility with PCs, perhaps then Samsung would be cleared for making the Gear VR PC compatible. Until then, they will keep it in-house.
  • snapch23 - Friday, December 29, 2017 - link

    Here is the way that we need to get the musically likes.

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