Samsung and Oculus VR will launch in November the first virtual reality headset widely available to consumers. The headset, called the Gear VR, will cost $99 and work with mobile devices, including Samsung’s lineup of phones from this year such as the newly released Note 5 and Galaxy S6.
Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe said that with mobile VR, you only need a great mobile game device and a smartphone.
It is not clear how well it will do. Some industry experts forecasts more than 30 million units per year shipping by 2020. Others warn those figures may be overly optimistic.
VR places users in a computer-generated world, has attracted many of the tech industry’s largest companies. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said VR could potentially have as much impact on the way we live and work as smartphones and tablets have. Facebook purchased Oculus last year for $2 billion.
Video games are the most obvious starting point. Developers can create immersive, 3D environments as opposed to the flat, two-dimensional experiences they can currently make for televisions and mobile devices.
Oculus is also working with Microsoft to adapt its technology Xbox video game console, and it’s working with media companies like Netflix, 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate to bring hit films and TV shows to the device as well.
The tech could also be used to create office software and mean that we will be forever focused within our PCs.