Samsung on Friday released its cheaper, lighter, Gear VR headset.
And over the weekend, the company released its first commercial for that virtual reality headset.
The 30-ad shows off some of the important features of the VR headset: it first and foremost requires a Samsung phone (specifically one of four Samsung phones released in 2015), and it can let you play games, watch movies, and experience real-world things you couldn’t readily do without a VR headset, like venture into outer space or swim with sharks in the ocean.
Though the headset itself costs $US100, it’s important to note this is not a $US100 device, since it requires one of Samsung’s most expensive phones to work — it literally does nothing without a phone powering it. And those phones can cost anywhere between $US500 and $US800.
Gear VR is powered by Facebook-owned Oculus VR, which means it works with Oculus’ platforms like its Oculus Video catalogue and Oculus Arcade, which lets you play classic arcade games in a virtual arcade machine.
You can currently buy Samsung’s Gear VR through Amazon, Best Buy, or directly through Samsung. Watch the first full ad for the device below.
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