Samsung Gear VR Headset Now Available To Pre-order For $99, Ships November 20th

There's been a lot of chatter about virtual reality technology transforming the consumer landscape, and little by little, the revolution is getting underway. It takes another step today with Samsung's Gear VR headset going up for pre-order at a rather affordable $99, with shipments slated for a week from Friday (November 20, 2015).

That's just in time for the holiday season, so if you're looking for a gift idea, this could be it. To broaden its appeal, Samsung made some changes to the Oculus-powered Gear VR compared to the previous Innovator Edition. For one, it's 19 percent lighter at 0.68 pounds (around 308 grams), a welcome reduction that should extend the VR experience before head fatigue sets in.

Samsung Gear VR

The new Gear VR is also compatible with a wider set of smartphones -- it supports the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, just like its predecessor, but also accommodates the Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy Note 5 (there was also a separate Innovator Edition model that supported only the Galaxy Note 4).

What about the software?

"Also starting today, several developers are releasing brand new made-for-VR games on Gear VR. Games like Land’s End by Ustwo Games, Bandit Six: Salvo by Climax Studios, and Dead Secret by Robot Invader are now available in the Oculus Store," Oculus stated in a blog post. "And many more titles like Gunjack by CCP and Anshar Wars 2 by OZWE are coming soon!"

You can pre-order the Gear VR at Amazon, Best Buy, or direct from Samsung.