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Samsung reveals its virtual reality headset, the Gear VR Innovator Edition, launching this year


Alongside the announcement of the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung has also introduced a virtual reality (VR) headset, the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition.

The device has been designed to work specifically with the Note 4 and is the result of “a deep and integrated” partnership with Oculus, Samsung said.

Samsung Gear VR

“With the Gear VR Innovator Edition, users can sit in the best seat of a theater, can be on-stage of a performance with full 360 3D video, and can enjoy gaming like it’s never been seen before – inside stunning worlds where imagination becomes reality,” it added.

While there’s some question over whether there’s enough content to make VR a worthwhile consumer technology right now, as more companies continue to dip their toes into the water, the user experience will continue to be refined.

Rather than have a display of its own, it uses a docked Galaxy Note 4 to provide the screen for the system, which helps keep cost down a bit too – provided you do indeed have a Galaxy Note 4 already.

Samsung said the Gear VR would ship this year, but didn’t say when, where or how much it would cost.

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Published September 3, 2014 — 13:51 UTC