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Up close with Samsung's $99 Gear VR headset (pictures)

Here's the official way to turn your Samsung smartphone into a virtual reality headset.

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It's a virtual reality headset for your smartphone. Any 2015 Samsung Galaxy smartphone, in fact.

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It's basically a plastic box with lenses and inertial sensors inside.

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Think of it like a pair of ski goggles. You strap it to your face, and look through the lenses.

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You control the virtual reality experiences with a touchpad on the right side, just over your temple. The new version's touchpad has indentations so you can clearly tell which directions are up, down, left and right.

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The virtual worlds you see through those lenses are actually displayed on the magnified screen of your smartphone -- stretched across your field of vision.

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Or you can just remove the smartphone if you want the Wall-E look. You know, for Halloween or something.

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A new addition to the content you can view through a Samsung Gear VR: Netflix! No, the movies aren't converted to virtual reality. They're still flat, but we're guessing you can watch them on a giant screen in a virtual reality theater.

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The new headset works with four different smartphones: the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Note 5.

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Here's the the retaining clip you need to adjust the headset for different size phones.

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And here, up top, is the dial you rotate to adjust the focus for your eyes.

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Another look at the front of the device, minus the smartphone you need to make it complete.

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Here's the new Gear VR on the Oculus Connect 2 stage, where it was announced.

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And here's how much you'll pay: $99, this November.

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