A few months after the launch of Gear VR for the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung announces the launch of another specific version of its HMD for its new flagship mobile, the Galaxy S6. Logically, this version is smaller than the current one given the 5.1″ of the new Galaxy, specifically by 15%.
Unlike its counterpart for Note 4, this Gear VR is also compatible with the Edge version of the Galaxy, presented at the same time at Samsung’s Unpacked event. One of the great novelties is the reduction of the screendoor effect by around 11%, which implies that it takes better advantage of the screen, which is smaller and therefore has a higher pixel density. In addition to this, some changes have been made with respect to the current Gear VR, such as the inclusion of a ventilation system to prevent the lenses from fogging up and a USB port that will allow the terminal’s battery to be charged while we use it. At the moment Samsung has not given details about the price and the release date of this new version, although everything seems to indicate that it will remain around the € 199 of the current model, if purchased without the Samsung gamepad.
In preparation for the launch of this new Gear VR, Oculus has published version 0.4.3 of the Mobile SDK, which also fixes a few bugs such as the famous drift with which the camera moves very little by little and forces us to refocus the view from time to time. In addition to this, there will be speed and stability improvements, and an update to the integration with Unity that will make it easier for developers to develop and publish experiences for both Rift and Gear VR.