A virtual reality revolution seems to be just over the horizon, and there's a new way to get in on the action early. Samsung's Gear VR headset is now selling for $200.
This so-called Innovator Edition is really an accessory for Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 phablet, which snaps into the front of the googles. The handset drives the software and provides the 2560x1440 Super AMOLED display, while the Gear VR adds the headgear, optics, and a handful of dedicated controls. Samsung indicates that a separate game controller may also be required by some VR applications. Navigating virtual worlds with the headset's integrated touchpad and back button is probably a little awkward.
"Oculus-driven software" powers the Gear VR, highlighting Samsung's cooperation with the Facebook-owned VR firm. The device has access to content from the Oculus store, and there are plans to roll out a Milk VR service with "new and immersive 360° videos five days a week." The Samsung-backed service is "coming soon," according to the company, and it promises "channels in music, sports, action and storytelling."