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Samsung outs Gear VR Innovator Edition for December launch in US

Samsung has announced the Gear VR Innovator Edition headset, powered by Oculus, will be available to buy in the United States in early December.

The virtual reality headset, which pairs with the firm’s Galaxy Note 4 phablet to enable full 360-degree experiences. The mobile handset provides the full HD display, audio and oodles of processing power.

The integration with Oculus will give developers access to the Facebook-owned VR firm’s mobile toolkit, meaning there’s a great opportunity for new, engaging VR content. 

There’ll also be a Samsung section within the Oculus Home software which will allow Note 4 owners to jump on board with specially-made experiences. That portal will be downloaded as soon as the Note 4 is plugged into the headset, Samsung claims.

It’ll also have access to Oculus Cinema, which is a VR movie theatre and cinema which’ll provide immersive video experiences. There’s also a Oculus 360 Videos and Photos portal for wearers to enjoy.

Other software available includes a VR version of Temple Run (yes please!), a Vevo app, Dreamworks VR for a bit of virtual Shrek action and an Avengers app that’ll give wearers a look inside Tony Stark’s laboratory.

The Gear VR Innovator Edition will be available in Frost White from Samsung.com and will be bundled with a GamePad. Don’t forget a Note 4 is required too! There’s no news yet on an international launch, but we’ll keep you posted.

The announcement at the Samsung Developers Conference comes alongside the new Project Beyond 360-degree camera, which will provide fully immersive footage for the Gear VR headset.

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