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The Oculus Store is now open for business for Gear VR owners

The Oculus Store is now open f...
The Samsung Gear VR's library has grown significantly since launch (Photo: Will Shanklin/Gizmag.com)
The Samsung Gear VR's library has grown significantly since launch (Photo: Will Shanklin/Gizmag.com)
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HeroBound, our favorite Gear VR launch title, still doesn't have a paid version
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HeroBound, our favorite Gear VR launch title, still doesn't have a paid version
The original Gear VR (Photo: Will Shanklin/Gizmag.com)
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The original Gear VR (Photo: Will Shanklin/Gizmag.com)
The Samsung Gear VR's library has grown significantly since launch (Photo: Will Shanklin/Gizmag.com)
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The Samsung Gear VR's library has grown significantly since launch (Photo: Will Shanklin/Gizmag.com)
Some of the paid games available today
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Some of the paid games available today
The new Gear VR (which can now power your phone while being used), which works with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge
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The new Gear VR (which can now power your phone while being used), which works with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge
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Since Samsung's Gear VR launched in December, owners have been limited to a group of free apps, games and "experiences" (most of which were demos). Starting today, though, US-based owners of the virtual reality headset can buy paid apps – opening the door to more full-blown games.

When we first reviewed the Gear VR, we noted how many of the virtual reality apps were just short demos promising a full version "coming soon." Starting today, we finally get to see some of those full versions, with these paid games already available:

  • Bandit Six (WWII flying game) - US$3
  • Darknet (cyber-puzzler, previously free) - $10
  • Dreadhalls (first-person horror) - $5
  • Esper (puzzler) - $5
  • Gunner (space shooter) - $4
  • Protocol Zero (first-person stealth) - $5
  • Proton Pulse (brick-braking arcade) - $3
  • Nighttime Terror (arcade defense) - $4
  • Romans from Mars (arcade defense) - $3

That should give Gear VR owners, including those using the new version with the upcoming Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, lots more to play with. It also makes the Gear VR (which still has an "Innovator's Edition" suffix) a bit less aimed at developers and early adopters, and a bit more of a full-fledged consumer product.

For more on the Gear VR, you can hit up Gizmag's full review and our impressions of the launch titles from back in December.

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Randolph Garrison
leaving microsoft in the dust!