Samsung’s Gear VR, a virtual reality device made of software that went into producing the Oculus, is set to come out next month, Oculus VR has announced on its website.
The Gear VR Innovator Edition for the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone is up for pre-registration from Samsung, and is set for delivery in the United States sometime early next month. This device comes out in two variants: for $249, you’ll get the headset and a Bluetooth gamepad, and for $199, you’ll get only the headset.
“The Innovator Edition, much like the Oculus Rift Development Kit, provides developers and enthusiasts everything they need to build and experiment with the platform before the hardware and software are ready for consumers,” Oculus said. “There are numerous made-for-VR apps that will ship for Gear VR over the next few months.”
Gear VR really actually stands out for its use of the Galaxy Note 4. The enlarged smartphone slots into the headset’s micro-USB dock and acts as the screen.
Paired with the headset’s adjustable lenses, the Galaxy Note 4’s accelerometer and gyrometer are used to track head movement, thus creating a virtual reality impression.