Samsung Gear VR
A visitor tries out Gear VR virtual reality goggles amd headphones at the Samsung stand at the 2014 IFA home electronics and appliances trade fair on September 5, 2014 in Berlin. Sean Gallup—Getty Images

Samsung's Virtual Reality Headset Just Went On Sale

Dec 08, 2014

Samsung's virtual reality headset, the Gear VR Innovator Edition, popped up on the company's online store Monday for $199.99.

The Gear VR is a mobile virtual reality unit — it uses a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as its screen, which isn't included in the headset's price. It advertises a full 360-degree virtual reality experience and is powered by software from Oculus VR, the virtual reality company behind the Oculus Rift. Oculus and Samsung's virtual reality efforts have long been intertwined, with Oculus using Samsung panels for its own VR headsets.

It's important to note that the Gear VR Innovator Edition is aptly named: While anybody can go ahead and buy Samsung's new headset, it's aimed at early adopters moreso than the general public. Still, initial reactions to the Gear VR have been positive, so if you're itching for an affordable virtual reality fix (assuming you've already got the Note 4) it may be a good buy.

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