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How to get a Samsung Gear VR headset for free this weekend

Best Buy will throw in a virtual reality headset for free with the purchase of any compatible phone.

At just $100, the Samsung Gear VR is almost a no-brainer for anyone who owns a Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ or Note 5 smartphone and wants to experience the next big thing. But if you were planning to purchase one of those phones by Saturday evening, you can now get the virtual reality headset for free.

Through Saturday, January 23, Best Buy is offering a free Samsung Gear VR with the purchase of any of those four smartphones, regardless of whether you buy them on contract or pay full price for an unactivated phone.

We're not sure how it might work in physical Best Buy stores, but if you add any Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ or Note 5 to your online shopping cart at, the website will automatically add a free Gear VR to your cart as well.

(Note that if you do want to pay full price for the phone, you'll need to add it to your cart before you can select that option.)

Personally, I bought my Galaxy S6 months ago, so I'm not eligible for the savings, and I'm not sure I'd buy one of those phones today when the Galaxy S7 is likely to be announced in the next couple of months. But if I were still in the market for a Galaxy S6 and a Gear VR, I'd definitely jump on it.

If you do buy a Gear VR, here's our list of the games and apps you'll want to try first.

Editor's note: This deal was first spotted by game developer Holden Link.