Virtual Reality Reality: Samsung Gear VR Available Now

Virtual reality is now a reality. That is to say, it’s something on the market that you can buy. Right now. Maybe as a gift for a loved one, or for yourself (nobody deserves it more, right?). The Gear VR, …

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Virtual reality is now a reality. That is to say, it’s something on the market that you can buy. Right now. Maybe as a gift for a loved one, or for yourself (nobody deserves it more, right?).

The Gear VR, a headset created as part of a collaboration between Oculus and Samsung, can be ordered online for $199.99 USD. The Gear VR is powered by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and isn’t compatible with any other smartphones or devices. So either get a Note 4 or get back to waiting for the Oculus Rift.

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Tracking sensors help plunge you into 360-degree environment, making for some of the most immersive game experiences. You haven’t crushed candy until you’ve played Candy Crush Saga: In Your Face Edition.*

You can still use touch-based controls with the Gear VR, though Samsung recommends an Android-compatible controller for the smoothest possible playtime. The headset has started shipping, so if you order online, it should be on your face in a few days. If you’re thinking of picking one up, be sure to check out our article¬†from earlier this year: 5 Samsung Gear VR Games We Want to Play.

[*Candy Crush Saga: In Your Face Edition does not exist. Yet.]

In the early aughts, Nadia fell into writing with the grace of a brain-dead bison stumbling into a chasm. Over the years, she's written for Nerve, GamePro, 1UP.com, USGamer, Pocket Gamer, Just Labs Magazine, and many other sites and magazines of fine repute. She's currently About.com's Guide to the Nintendo 3DS at ds.about.com.