Tuesday , October 24 2017

Samsung will release a new Gear VR Innovator Edition headset for use with the Galaxy S6

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Alongside this morning’s launch of the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung announced an updated version of its well-received Gear VR Innovator Edition.

The existing Gear VR unit is only compatible with the Galaxy Note 4, so a new Gear VR unit is required to be compatible with the new phones.

Daniel went eyes-on with the updated Gear VR in Barcelona, so of course we’ve got a photo of him with a large white box strapped onto his face for everyone to see:

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It doesn’t look like too much has changed for the Gear VR. The main change to make it work with the S6 is probably just the black piece to which you connect the phone.

Dan also got a look at a controller for use with Gear VR, although as the controller is just a Bluetooth controller for your phone it doesn’t seem likely that it’s specific to the S6 or the updated Gear VR unit.

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Don’t be afraid to try out Gear VR on either device, if given the chance. Ausdroid’s been getting out with the Note 4 version and demonstrating it to anyone who’ll listen. It’s an amazing experience, and if you’ve already got the compatible phone hardware then it’s a good, even cheap, way to get some extra fun out of it, especially with friends.

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Prasad Gokhale, Samsung Australia’s Vice President IT & Mobile, offered a statement on Australian availability of the updated Gear VR:

“Mobile virtual reality is an immensely exciting category that Samsung continues to explore with the global launch of Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. The Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition will deliver a rich and refined virtual reality experience for customers.

Those who have experienced Samsung Gear VR with the Galaxy Note 4 will understand the potential this technology can bring in terms of creating an immersive experience that can completely change the way we interact with digital content.

The Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition will be launched in Australia in the coming months. We look forward to sharing more information closer to the launch date.

We imagine Samsung is looking forward to expanding its potential customer base for the Gear VR to include their major flagship phone for the year.

The Gear VR promises to be some of the best fun you can have with the Galaxy S6, and we can’t wait to see it come to market here either.

 

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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