Sun. Feb 5th, 2023
The future looks so bright that I have to wear these free VR glasses that Samsung included with my phone pre-order.

The future looks so bright that I have to wear these free VR glasses that Samsung included with my phone pre-order.

Kyle Orland

Updating: Oculus has announced that those who pre-order the Galaxy S7 will also be able to download six Gear VR games for free in a $50 package. The specific games vary by carrier and we can’t find the details anywhere online, but the Oculus announcement post mentions EVE: Gunjack, The end of the countryand Anshar Wars 2 as part of the agreement.

The free Gear VR offer is available for Galaxy S7 phones ordered through March 18. The device will be made available via a web form from March 4.

Original story

With all the talk of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive imminent, it’s easy to forget that the Samsung Gear VR already offers a consumer-level virtual reality experience for a relatively low price and without the need for an expensive desktop PC. Samsung seems intent on not letting the tech world forget about its mobile VR solution, but announced at Mobile World Congress on Sunday that pre-orders for its new flagship Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones will include a free Gear VR headset .

On the one hand, adding a nifty $100/£100 accessory to these pre-orders seems like a good, synergistic way to spark interest in both virtual reality and Samsung’s new top phones, potentially making both critical masses faster than they could unbundle. On the other hand, the fact that Samsung is willing to essentially give away a significant number of these $100 headsets suggests that the Gear VR may not be selling as well as Samsung hoped.

Business concerns aside, the pack-in-deal is great for VR-curious consumers ready for a phone upgrade. Of course, the Gear VR may not have the head-tracking or hand-tracking capabilities of its PC-based counterparts. And the Galaxy phones can’t quite match the sheer pixel-push power of the GTX980 graphics cards needed to power tethered PC headsets.

Still, for a price starting at €700 / $700 (right between the price for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive – and that’s before any contract discounts) you can now get a brand new mobile phone and a complete, fully competent VR solution that doesn’t require any significant additional investment in bulky PC hardware. And let’s not forget that Gear VR is fully mobile, meaning you can pop it in a bag to show off to friends who don’t want to trek to the PC in your home office.

Pre-orders for the new Galaxy S7 phones will start on February 23 in the US and UK ahead of shipments starting March 11.

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