Gear VR is a interesting experiment with virtual reality. It uses the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for its brains and screen, along with software from Oculus, to make the whole thing run. The headset itself includes a number of sensors to give the user a high quality experience.
We were blown away when we tried early versions of the hardware at Oculus Connect, and now the hardware has a release date and final price: You'll be able to pick up the Gear VR headset in "early December" for $199 if you're just interested in the headset, or $249.99 if you'd like a bluetooth controller bundled in.
"The Innovator Edition, much like the Oculus Rift Development Kit, provides developers and enthusiasts everything they need to build and experiment with the platform before the hardware and software are ready for consumers," the official page states. "There are numerous made-for-VR apps that will ship for Gear VR over the next few months."
The games will actually be free at launch, since Oculus is still working on the final implementation of its payment system. Gear VR will also be a closed system; the only way developers will be able to sell games is through the Oculus Store.
We've already given our thoughts on the Note 4 as a gaming device, and we'll have a full report on the Gear VR Innovator Edition when it launches next month.