Back in September last year, Samsung unveiled the Gear VR virtual reality headset alongside the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge. The headset, which was developed in collaboration with Oculus requires a Galaxy Note 4 in order to operate. Now Samsung has released a new Gear VR which works with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge.
The Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge can be purchased either from the official Samsung website, or through Best Buy. Compared to the Galaxy Note 4 version of the Gear VR, the new one is both smaller and lighter, comes with redesigned straps, and also features a built-in fan to help with the airflow. Samsung says that the octa-core Exynos 7420 chipset that powers the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge translates into a much smoother virtual reality experience, while the high-PPI display of the Galaxy S6 series should also translate into a better viewing experience as well. On the downside, the field of view will also be narrower due the smaller display.
Although the Gear VR Innovator Edition is probably the best virtual reality headset that money can currently purchase, you should keep in mind that this is not consumer-ready device, as the name obviously suggests. If you're not a developer interested in building virtual reality apps, you're probably better off waiting for other headsets, such as the Oculus Rift or the HTC Valve Vive.
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