The company is hyping the Gear VR Innovator Edition as “next generation wearable technology… enabling users to fully immerse themselves in a cinematic virtual reality environment.”
The headset is a collaboration with Oculus, and Samsung claims that it’s “a completely new way to experience and consume mobile content… innovative technology and compelling design to expand the definition of mobile life.”
“The Samsung Gear VR goes far beyond expectations of how mobile technology can be used to consume content, and is a powerful representation of the progressive innovation of the Gear series,” said JK Shin, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “We are pleased to have partnered with Oculus VR to bring this incredibly immersive mobile content experience to consumers.”
“We are thrilled to reveal the Gear VR Innovator Edition, a state-of-the-art mobile VR experience powered by Oculus,” said John Carmack, CTO of Oculus. “The deep technical partnership with Samsung has enabled us to create a virtual reality headset with world class resolution and performance, all on a completely mobile platform.”
The Samsung Gear VR features a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy Note 4. “With the Gear VR Innovator Edition, users can sit in the best seat of a theatre, can be on-stage of a performance with full 360 3D video, and can enjoy gaming like it’s never been seen before – inside stunning worlds where imagination becomes reality. Samsung’s industry leading Super AMOLED display technology and cutting-edge Oculus-driven technologies fuse to create an experience that surprises and delights – all on a mobile device.
The headset is wireless, and will feature “a robust selection of optimised virtual reality content from a wide range of top-tier creators… users will be able to enjoy a wide range of film, gaming, 360 degree video, and educational/experiential content.”
Exact dates and prices have yet to be made available.