Apart from wearables, Virtual Reality is another growing trend for mobile devices. A few months ago, we’ve reviewed the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition and it offers an immersive experience when paired with a Galaxy S6/S6 edge. Retailing at RM799 back then, it is quite an expensive toy if compared to a Google Cardboard. However you do get a proper hands-free usage and it even comes with hardware control buttons at the sides.
Now Samsung Malaysia has brought in a new one that supports more models and most importantly, a lower price tag.
Dubbed simply as the Gear VR, the new version is more affordable at RM459 (inclusive of GST). With its new flagship phablets around, the new Gear VR now supports 4 models – Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Compared to the Innovator Edition that we’ve tried with the S6, the new version uses a softer upper strap without the hard piece, that secures the headset across your head. You do however still get a touchpad on the right which is slightly improved for better feel at the fingertips. The optical components remain unchanged with a 96 degree field of view and a 54-70 IPD coverage.
The Gear VR also gets additional controls which include a volume rocker, back button and a manual dial at the top for minor focus adjustments. As it is powered by Oculus, you’ll gain access to a library of apps and games that are designed for an immersive experience. If you are interested, you can find the Gear VR at Samsung Stores.