Samsung Gear VR is now available in the US for a price tag of $199 at company’s official website Samsung.Com. Gear VR is Samsung’s first attempt to virtual reality, developed in collaboration with Oculus. Samsung announced Gear VR back in September at IFA 2014.
Samsung Gear VR is different from other virtual reality devices. This does not have its own display; instead Gear VR uses Galaxy Note 4. So if you are thinking to buy Gear VR, make sure you already own a Galaxy Note 4 or planning to buy one. Without the phone the Gear VR is of no use.
Though Samsung is selling the Gear VR to everyone, the headset is labeled as “Innovator Edition”, means this is particularly targeted towards enthusiasts. Samsung also put tons of warning and side-effect of using a VR on its official manual.
Samsung suggests you stop using Gear VR immediately if you experience “seizures, loss of awareness, eyestrain, eye or muscle twitching, involuntary movements, altered, blurred, or double vision or other visual abnormalities, dizziness, disorientation, impaired balance, impaired hand-eye coordination, excessive sweating, increased salivation, nausea, light-headedness, discomfort or pain in the head or eyes, drowsiness, fatigue, or any symptoms similar to motion sickness.”
Gear VR should not be used by children under 13 years of age and older children should be monitored by adults. Samsung also suggests taking a break of 10-15 minutes after using the Gear VR for about 30 minutes.