Samsung finally announced a consumer version of its virtual reality headset yesterday, bringing the experience to the public at an affordable $99 price tag. Now that the Gear VR will be widely available, demand for good content will also increase, and Samsung has armed it with a couple of important weapons. The company announced that the Gear VR will get official apps for Netflix, Hulu, Twitch and Vimeo.
The Netflix app is already available on the Gear VR store, and Twitch and Vimeo will be releasing sometime in the near future, followed by Hulu in the fall. The Hulu app will offer original virtual reality content, but Netflix will apparently display standard videos inside the headset. The same will no doubt be the case with Twitch, unless the game streaming service manages to convert non-VR gaming content into VR at the user end.
Getting these services on-board for the Gear VR is an impressive achievement for Samsung, and it will ensure that buyers of the headset won’t be falling short of content to enjoy. The Gear VR will be available in the US from November, and will then launch around the world sometime later.