Oculus VR just launched its paid app store for the Gear VR (in the US), and the virtual reality headset is also now compatible with two more phones. While the original Gear VR Innovator Edition was only compatible with the Galaxy Note 4, the new version adds support for the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge (along with a few other bells and whistles).
The new Gear VR has the same basic design as the original Note 4 version, but it is 15 percent smaller. It also gets a few more upgrades thanks to the new pair of phones: benefiting from their higher pixel density and faster performance. It also has a 96-degree field of view.
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The biggest update, though, is that the new Gear VR will have better battery life. Now when you plug either the GS6 or GS6 edge into the headset's microUSB port, it will draw power from the headset. So when you sit down for a lengthy VR session, you don't have to worry (as much) about draining your phone's battery for the rest of the day.
The biggest problem with the original Gear VR (above) was its tendency to overheat, so we'll have to wait and see if the new version does any better. Its Exynos processor, in place of the Note's Snapdragon, could potentially help out in this department.
Not many more details on the new headset at the moment, but we'll keep you posted as pricing and release info trickles in.
For more on the Note 4 version, you can hit up our full Gear VR review.View gallery - 2 images