Samsung has announced a newer Gear VR virtual reality headset – the Gear VR Innovator Edition – which is specially optimised to be used with the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. The new headset, which is designed in collaboration with Oculus, similar to the Gear VR for the Galaxy Note 4, features a 96-degree field of view and three sensors – accelerometer, gyrometer, and proximity sensor. However, Samsung has been able to reduce the size of the headset's size by 15 percent in comparison to the previous one.
With the help of a relatively higher pixel-dense display of its latest flagship smartphone, Samsung claims that the new Gear VR Innovator Edition provides an unrivaled and immersive cinematic experience of pictures, videos, and games. Users can download content specially made for the Gear VR through the Oculus Store. It will be offered in Frost White, and can be connected to the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge with a microUSB connection. There is currently no information about its pricing or availability, but we will keep you updated on the matter.
Here's the official press release.
Samsung Expands its Unrivaled Mobile Virtual Reality Experience with Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6 and S6 edge
Samsung and Oculus refine Gear VR to provide a better, enhanced overall user experience while delivering a fully immersive content
Barcelona, Spain, March 1, 2015 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. continues its leadership in wearable technology and mobile virtual reality with its latest Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition, fully optimized and compatible with Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, its next generation smartphone. The Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6, powered by Oculus, gives more users the opportunity to enjoy Samsung’s unrivaled, fully immersive and cinematic virtual reality experience, with improved viewing as well as a more comfortable design.
- Extraordinary Entertainment: Optimized for both the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and its 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, Gear VR Innovator Edition lets users engage with high resolution movies, TV shows, VOD services and photos like never before. With reduced pixilation and a wide field-of-view, users receive a better virtual reality experience with longer lasting usage time.
- Improved Comfort: The 15% reduction in size makes Samsung Gear VR a more comfortable to wear. Ergonomically redesigned straps give better weight balance, while mechanical ventilation supports an extended VR experience.
- High Quality Performance: Greater computing power and improved graphics quality enable users to explore the best virtual reality adventures.
- USB Compatibility: The Gear VR can now be powered with its USB port for extended usage time.
- Robust Ecosystem: Gear VR content is available for download via the Oculus Store. Users have an extensive selection of optimized, localized virtual reality content from top-tier creators including thrilling VR games and 360 degree including a new performance from Cirque du Soleil, Kurios.
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Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition Product Specifications
Designed for innovative consumers, specifically VR enthusiasts, developers, mobile experts and professionals, and early technology adopters.
Gear VR Dimension 196 x 107.9 x 82.9 mm Sensor Accelerator, Gyrometer, Proximity(Mount/Unmount Detection) FOV *Field of View 96 degree IPD Coverage 54 ~ 70 mm (Fixed Lenses) Accessory Replaceable Face Form, Carrying Pouch, Lens Cleaning Cloth Color Frost White Connectivity microUSB connection to the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge
* All functionality, features, specifications, and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.