Post updated March 9th, 2015 at 11:32 am
Samsung is showing just how committed it is to the VR revolution with a new Gear VR. The headset, built with technology from Oculus, is still labeled as the Innovator Edition; but will support the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge instead of the Galaxy Note 4.
Like the current Gear VR, the headset requires a very specific smartphone to work. It still mainly functions as a cradle for the smartphone, although the difference in performance will be something to note. The Galaxy S6 has a smaller display than the Note 4, although it comes with more pixels per inch. Whether this affects the VR experience is yet unknown.
The headset also features some changes, like being slightly smaller than its predecessor; but mostly because it is designed to hold a substantially smaller device in the cradle. The head straps have been redesigned for better comfort, and there is a USB port for charging the Galaxy S6 while it’s being used.
This new Gear VR is also an Innovator Edition, which means that while the general public can try to get their hands on it, the device is mainly meant for developers to work with. It looks like Samsung is more than happy to allow Oculus to lead the development of its VR headset, as this follows the current release method of the Oculus Rift (which is currently in the Development Kit 3 stage).
There is no word on when it will be made available or how much it will cost, but there is a good chance it will appear at the same time as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.