Samsung announces new 'more ergonomic' Gear VR

Pre-orders start tomorrow.

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Samsung unveiled a new Gear VR during a press briefing in New York today, focusing on a more ergonomic and comfortable design and a slightly larger field of view.

According to the presentation, the new unit will have "bigger lenses to bring people closer to the action" and will offer a USB-C port  "to help developers create peripherals" going forward.

Here is a comparison of the new specs (current specs in parentheses):

  • Width 207.8mm (200.4mm)
  • Height: 98.6mm (87.6mm)
  • Weight: 345 grams - 312 grams without the front cover (280 grams)
  • FoV: 101 degrees (96 degrees)
  • Sensor: Accelerometor, Gyrometer, Proximity (same)
  • Connectors: USB-C and Micro USB (Micro USB only)
  • Color: Blue Black (Frost White)

The new unit will be compatible with new Galaxy Note 7, as well as the S7, S7 Edge, Note5, S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+.

The new unit will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow at various retail outlets and online distributors. The release is scheduled for August 19. No price point was announced, but the current Gear VR sells for $99.99.

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    August 2, 2016 9:32 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Samsung announces new 'more ergonomic' Gear VR

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      August 2, 2016 10:31 AM

      Does it still have the shit-tastic capacitive t-pad/button combo on the side?

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      August 2, 2016 10:48 AM

      So, it's just blacker and better designed? That's cool that they're iterating, I hope gear does well.

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      August 2, 2016 10:56 AM

      $849.99 full retail. Just think of the size of TV you can buy instead.

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        August 2, 2016 10:57 AM

        That's about the budget for my 120" Projector screen set up.

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        August 2, 2016 11:12 AM

        what a strange comparison

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          August 2, 2016 11:18 AM

          I was just thinking because of all the videos and fun stuff they were doing on a big screen (and making you think it was the phone). I guess you could also buy a shit load of bubble gum as well.

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            August 2, 2016 11:19 AM

            sure but no one is buying this phone outright as some media solution on top of their current phone, let alone to replace TV. It's just a regular high end smartphone with a $100 VR add on.

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              August 2, 2016 12:38 PM

              For some maybe. It's not a phone I'd be interested in owning, so I'd be looking at buying the phone outright just for the VR. In my case the Vive would be a better option. Already have the PC and all.

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                August 2, 2016 12:40 PM

                yeah or you could buy a PS4 and PSVR for the same price. It's just not positioned as a standalone VR unit at all.