Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge owners can now strap on a Samsung Gear VR

The new version of the Samsung Gear VR headset, specifically designed for the Galaxy S6 and S6 smartphones, is now available for consumers in the U.S.

The revamped Innovator Edition, which offers superior power and visuals thanks to improvements in both phones’ processing and screen technology, is available to buy from Best Buy and Samsung for $200 (around £130).

The S6 series features a qHD Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 577ppi, while it is powered by a new version of the Samsung Exynos octa-core processor.

The updated VR unit is smaller than the Note 4-centric option, features slimmer head straps and has an integrated fan, making it more comfortable to wear for prolonged periods.

That comfort will come in handy as the new headset features thanks to the addition of continuous power via USB.

Read more: Hands on with the Samsung Gear VR for Galaxy S6 and S5 Edge


The Innovator Edition, which is by no means a market-ready product and is designed for early adopters seeking to get a taste of the forthcoming VR revolution, has been up for pre-order since late last month. A consumer edition of the Samsung/Oculus partnership is thought to be on the way later this year.

This week, Oculus finally confirmed the Oculus Rift headset will get a full release in the first quarter of 2016.