During the Oculus Connect 2 event, Samsung took to the stage to announce their next VR headset. The new version sheds the developer distinction and goes full consumer. Samsung have also designed the new unit to work with all of their 2015 flagship devices – which are the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and Note 5. Sadly no original Note 4 support, which the Gear VR originally launched.
The new unit now include a single back strap, and is said to be 22-percent lighter than previous units. Availability is set for November this year in the US, and shortly after globally. Pricing is the biggest factor with the new unit costing just $99 – making it less than half of the original Gear VR from last year.
Also announced along with the new Gear VR is Netflix and Twitch streaming in VR. Twitch is set to arrive shortly, but the Netlix app is already launched and is available for download for those already using the Gear VR with the Note 4 or Galaxy S6/Edge. Other videos app are said to be launching in the near future as well.