Samsung's Gear VR Now Available for Sale at Best Buy (Online Only)

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    If you have been anxious to get your hands on the Samsung Gear VR headset to try out some Oculus Rift Virtual Reality technology, then now you have another chance. The Gear VR is now officially on sale at Best Buy. Sadly, you can't yet go demo it at a store, as it is only available online. Technically the Gear VR has already been available in a limited capacity. You could purchase it from Samsung's online store last month, but it is already sold out there. The same thing occurred with AT&T's version of it.

    Still, if you didn't get one before and want one, the device is only $199.99 at the Best Buy link below. Keep in mind that you must own a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (which is required for the Gear VR to function).

    Here's the Best Buy link: Samsung Gear VR for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Cell Phones 60-3358-05-XP - Best Buy
     
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    I wish they would make a mold that will hold any phone. I am not switching to the Note 4 from my Note Edge to use this. Bummer!
     
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    Agreed. That would definitely benefit both the end user and the manufacturer if they made it compatible with all 5+ inch Android devices.
     
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    I really wish they didn't want $200 for this. Maybe if I have money left over after paying my car off with my tax return, I'll think about it.

    I feel like it's just one more thing that'll be a lot of fun and really cool at first, but will end up collecting dust down the road. At least at this point. Hopefully more devs will do more with it and prove me wrong, but that's still more than I'm willing to pay for a phone accessory.
     
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    I could see it being a birthday present next year. I have my doubts about this sticking around.
     
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    Yeah. Kind of a cool idea and kind of cool that they came to market with it, but I don't see too much staying power, unless someone else releases one that can be used with other phones, or Samsung and/or other manufacturers start making a different one for each flagship (yeah right...).

    The smart company will be the one who makes a universal mount. That way, when I upgrade my phone in a couple years or so, I can still use the device and will theoretically still be spending money in the app market for it and thus be helping to keep the tech alive.

    As it stands, part of me wants to early adopt since I already have the phone, but the other part has those feelings above and the feeling I mentioned before about not wanting to spend $200 on an accessory.
     
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    I agree, too much money. In fact you can find plenty of aftermarket examples of this exact device, which are then also compatible with other phones besides Samsung all over eBay as well as direct from third-party manufacturers at very deep discounted prices in the range of about 20 to 30 dollars. Samsung blew it in my opinion because they should have released this for mass distribution and made it compatible with all 5+ inch phones as mentioned above, but instead they tried to corner the market for their own phone and in doing so cut off their nose to spite their face. I expect to see these devices on ebay really cheap in as little as perhaps a year.

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    Is it the fact that they're drawing on the Oculus Rift name that they think the device is worth that much? I know OR is a big name in VR tech right now, but I just don't see the reason for the price point.

    As I said when rumors of the price first came out, how can they expect people to want to pay $200 for something that they also have to have a $700 (give or take) phone to use?
     
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    All new tech is expensive when it first comes out. IMO, for the type of technology it is, I think the price is actually reasonable. (IF you have the phone to use with it already)
    I'll reserve further comment as to whether this will stick around or not until I actually have some hands on time with one. I don't think we can truly judge this device by watching a YouTube video.
     
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    Not intending to sound argumentative but have you looked at what this actually is? It's nothing more than a plastic shell with two 40 millimeter lenses, and a magnet on a slider. For the amount of plastic that it's in this device and the cost of those two lenses and that 1 rare earth magnet, it probably cost about 2 or 3 dollars to manufacture. Selling it for 200 dollars is absolutely outrageous in my humble opinion. All you have to do is look at the competing third-party manufactured devices that are basically identical to this one except for color and style, and see what they're selling for to quickly realize that the profits Samsung is earning on each individual one of these is way beyond reasonable.

    In fact, there is virtually no technology in this device at all. Aside from of course the magnet. There's far more technology in the car dock on my windshield right now which also came with a USB power cord and an adapter for my car's accessory outlet for my phone. That car dock cost $39.95.

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    Heck, the adapter even has an LED!
     
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    Maybe it's a matter of perspective. I don't deny the tech involved in a standalone vr unit, but $200 something is about what I'd pay for that, assuming I'd also have to invest in apps, games, & other content in addition.

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    While I completely agree that this is overpriced, there is a little more to the hardware of the headset than what you're listing. It also has a touchpad along with back and volume buttons. Do those few pieces of hardware warrant the price? No, but it costs them a little more than $2 or $3 to manufacture. I'd be curious to see an actual price breakdown of the components.

    That said, a large part of the cost of the Gear VR isn't the hardware, but is in the software and development. The type of VR in the Gear VR is still relatively knew on the consumer front, and the Gear VR is a first generation device, so development costs are higher. Higher development costs results in higher retail costs. I also guarantee you that a decent amount of all sales are going to Oculus. By partnering with Oculus, Samsung not only gets to tack on the name of the most well known VR company today, but they also have access to software and development from Oculus. Could Samsung have done their own VR headset completely in house and have a cheaper retail price? Absolutely. But odds are that it wouldn't work as well and wouldn't be receiving the stellar reviews that the Gear VR is getting.

    If I didn't own a Note 4, I wouldn't be interested in the Gear VR. The price of the phone plus the price of the headset puts it much too far out of reach for most people. But as someone who already owns a Note 4, $200 is high but not outrageous. As Jonny Kansas said, that's about what I'd be willing to pay for a first generation product like this that's been reviewed as well as the Gear VR has.
     
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