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Oculus, Samsung reveal Gear VR that uses phone as a screen

Updated: 2015-09-28
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The Gear VR, which requires users to insert the latest version of a Samsung smartphone into the headset, will ship in November
   
Virtual reality is taking a few steps closer to the mainstream with Samsung unveiling a headset that brings the technology to its latest smartphones at half the price of its previous model. 
 
The announcements at a developers conference in Los Angeles for virtual reality technology company Oculus represent attempts to push the platform beyond a video-gamer-focused niche. 
 
Facebook also launched support for 360-degree video, and online video services like Netflix and Hulu jumping into the format. 
 
Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who cut a deal to buy Oculus for $2 billion last year, told some 1,500 conference attendees Thursday that virtual reality is 'the next logical step' in online sharing after text, photos and video. 
 
'In just a few years, VR has gone from being this science fiction dream to an awesome reality,' he said.   
 
'And now we all here have a chance to change the way we play, communicate and collaborate.' 
 
Zuckerberg showed off a promo for the upcoming 'Star Wars' movie showing a speeding vehicle zooming over the desert landscape of fictional planet Jakku. 
 
Users can look around in any direction using their mouse as the video is playing. 
 
Samsung said its new virtual reality headset will be 22 percent lighter and cost $99, half the price of its previous model. 
 
The Gear VR, which requires users to insert the latest version of a Samsung smartphone into the headset, will ship in November. 
 
It is compatible with the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, S6 and S6 edge, leveraging each device's super AMOLED display. 
 
'Samsung has been at the forefront of delivering mobile experiences and 'Gear VR Innovator Edition' launched last year was no exception,' said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. 
  

Samsung said its new virtual reality headset will be 22 percent lighter and cost $99, half the price of its previous model.
   
'We see virtual reality as the next computing platform, and we are thrilled to partner with Oculus on Gear VR to set the standard for mobile VR and bring this revolutionary product to consumers.' 
 
The Samsung Gear VR is 22 per cent lighter than previous Gear VR Innovator Edition, and includes new foam cushioning to make the device more comfortable to wear. 
 
In addition, the Gear VR's touchpad has been improved, providing greater control while enjoying the robust selection of film, gaming, 360 degree video and experiential content available for Gear VR.

'Together with Samsung, we've redefined virtual reality and created the best mobile VR experience available today,' said Brendan Iribe, CEO, Oculus. 
 
'On Gear VR, people are playing immersive VR games with friends, sharing 360 video experiences, and teleporting around the world with photos and videos – and it's only the beginning for what's possible with mobile VR.' 
 
Netflix content is available to be viewed in Oculus or Samsung headsets starting Thursday, while Hulu said it would also bring its app to the Oculus platform where users can stream 2-D content as well as an original virtual reality short film called 'The Big One,' from YouTube star Freddie Wong's RocketJump production company. 
 
A Hulu launch date wasn't announced. 
 
Meanwhile, Oculus said it would begin a certification program so consumers can look for a sticker that will identify which computers support its Oculus Rift headset, which is due to come out early next year. 
 
Asus, Dell and Alienware will have certified models that cost less than $1,000.

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