Samsung and Facebook’s Oculus sets launch for Gear VR headset in November for $99

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Samsung cuts price for latest virtual reality headset to $99.

No price or exact release date, but Oculus VR did provide a broader look Thursday at apps for its first virtual-reality headset, going on sale early next year. “Minecraft,” Netflix, Twitch, “Sonic the Hedgehog” and new artistic tool Medium will be top apps in the Oculus Store, the Facebook-owned technology company announced at its developers’ conference in Hollywood.Samsung vice president Peter Koo announced the headset Thursday at a developer’s conference for virtual reality technology company Oculus in Los Angeles. The company says it has also a more robust touchpad, along with a greater selection of gaming, video and other content. “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 of Samsung Electronics. “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.” “Together with Samsung, we’ve redefined virtual reality and created the best mobile VR experience available today,” said Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe. “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.” For more Samsung’s virtual reality business, Fortune reported on its offerings in May.

Even if sales of the Oculus Rift headset are low initially, Zuckerberg said Facebook is committed to virtual reality. “VR has gone from this science fiction dream to this awesome reality,” he said, making a surprise appearance on a stage bathed in blue and purple light at the Dolby Theatre. It’ll require a computer with a strong graphics card, and the company plans to work with desktop manufacturers such as Asus and Dell to put “Oculus Ready” stamps on compatible machines. Iribe also cautioned Rift adoption would “start small” but grow into “something incredible,” with millions experiencing virtual reality for the first time next year.

The company also said its Touch controller would go on sale after the Rift, and that it would come with an app called Oculus Medium for painting, sculpting and designing in 3D. Watching video game competitions on Twitch puts viewers in a virtual living room, with the ability to interact with avatars of friends. “Minecraft,” the popular game owned by Microsoft Corp., will be in 3D, too.

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