Samsung announces Gear VR Innovator Edition headset, powered by Oculus

September 3, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced its next generation in wearable technology, the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition, enabling users to fully immerse themselves in a cinematic virtual reality environment.

The Gear VR Innovator Edition headset is the result of an integrated partnership with Oculus, a Facebook company that specializes in virtual reality technology. The headset is powered by Oculus technology, and delivers a new way to experience and consume mobile content.​

​“The Samsung Gear VR goes far beyond expectations of how mobile technology can be used to consume content, and is a powerful representation of the progressive innovation of the Gear series,” said JK Shin, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “We are pleased to have partnered with Oculus VR to bring this incredibly immersive mobile content experience to consumers.”​

​John Carmack, CTO of Oculus, commented: ”We are thrilled to reveal the Gear VR Innovator Edition, a state-of-the-art mobile VR experience powered by Oculus”. He added, “The deep technical partnership with Samsung has enabled us to create a virtual reality headset with world class resolution and performance, all on a completely mobile platform.”​

​The Samsung Gear VR features the 5.7 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy Note 4 and allows users to experience full 360 3D video, for enjoying films, gaming, 360 degree video, and educational/experiential content from a selection of optimized virtual reality content from a range of creators.

​The headset is built with soft, flexible cushioning and lightweight materials and is completely wireless, so users can be fully engaged in virtual worlds without being tethered to a computer.

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