CNET First Look
Samsung's new Gear VR headset brings Virtual Reality to the Galaxy S6 and S6 EdgeThe new Innovator Edition headset only works with Samsung's newest flagship phones.
Hey, this is Nate with CNet, and today we're checking out the latest version of Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset. Now, this is available now for $200, and it works exclusively with the Samsung Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones. And, it brings a. Pretty cool virtual reality experience you can take with you anywhere. The Gear VR hasn't changed all that much from the original Gear VR we saw back in December for the Galaxy Note 4. It's still powered by software built by Oculus, the Facebook OMVR company that makes the Oculus Rift It's also still called the innovator edition, a signal from Samsung that while anyone can pick one up, it's really in the developers and not the average consumer. The new headset is about 15 percent lighter than the last model and you'll use it in exactly the same way. Tuck a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge into these notches in the front here and the phone will snap right into place. The straps and the top inside have been tweaked so the headset is a little more comfortable. The touch [UNKNOWN] on the side have been recessed and there's a little knot so it's a bit easier to find. The same goes for the back light. You can't wear glasses while you're wearing the Gear VR headset. But a focus [UNKNOWN] up top lets you adjust the focus to suit your liking. I was told it should work for folks who are near-sighted with a focal range up to about minus nine [UNKNOWN] [MUSIC] There's also a fan built in but you can't see it and I can't hear it. It's supposed to keep the phone from over heating keep the display from fogging up. There's a micro usb port at the bottom of the headset but I was told it won't actually charge the phone, it will just keep the battery from draining so you can keep playing for as long as you want to be tethered. The headset is light and while it took me a bit of time to get things set up just right, I eventually found a fit that was comfortable and offered a great virtual reality experience. I played one game that turned my [UNKNOWN] into a jet pack and made me fight the rings and fight robots in a giant city. And then I watched a few movie clips and checked out 360 degree images of places around the world. Virtual reality is going to live or die based on the content that's available. And I still feel really awkward and isolated whenever I put one of these things on. But making it available on a mobile phone is a great first step. This could be a neat little bonus option for someone who's VR curious and already owns one of Samsung's new smart phones. Head over to CNET for all the details. I'm Nate. Thanks for watching.