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Gear VR was designed with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in mind

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Speaking to TrustedReviews at MWC 2016 Max Cohen, Head of Mobile at Oculus, explained how the Gear VR headset had been designed with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in mind.

“The reason we created the [Gear VR] Innovator Edition was because you can’t have lots of content with no users or developers can’t make money, and you can't have lots of users but no content because they’ll get frustrated," explained Cohen.

"What we worked to was to build those markets side by side, and we got to the point in November to launch the Gear VR – it was always planned to have the S7 and S7 Edge fit into that because the goal is to make the VR experience as smooth as possible regardless of how you get into it.”

Gear VR works by using a Samsung Galaxy phone to power it, but it does not have a built in screen like the Oculus Rift. Instead, it features a touchpad that enables interactions with the docked phone, and was originally released in November 2015.

At launch, it was compatible with the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+. Samsung’s website still lists only these four phones as compatible, but the Gear VR will be compatible with the Galaxy S7 and larger S7 Edge.

Related: Best Gear VR Apps

Samsung is giving away a Gear VR headset that normally retails for around £100/$100 with every preorder of its new water-resistant flagships. This will expose many more to consumers to VR.

“Oculus has always said mobile VR is going to be the VR of scale," said Cohen. “Because the Gear VR is bundled in with every S7 and S7 Edge pre-order, in terms of a volume driver this is going to be very very high.”

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Which company do you think has cracked VR? Let us know in the comments.

Danthol Feierabend

February 26, 2016, 5:52 am

I have my pre-order in the mail, and I've never pre-ordered a phone before. I am super stoked.


February 29, 2016, 6:04 am

Finally 16? Congrats

Danthol Feierabend

February 29, 2016, 6:29 am

I've read your comments and posts on your profile. You are one of the least clever trolls I have seen in a while. Keep trying though, but don't quit your dayjob.


March 1, 2016, 7:37 am

No, number of comments and your investigation time proves the age.

Cary Stevens

April 14, 2016, 8:22 am

Used my new Samsung Galaxy S7 with the new Samsung Gear VR, and it cracked my glass screen! I cannot believe this. I dont know how it happened, i dont think i had it in there crooked at all, but at some point yesterday, the thing cracked right where the plastic bumpers meet the front of the phone about a half-inch from the bottom-right corner. So now what?

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