Facebook’s Oculus Ships First VR Headset (Kind Of)

After purchasing the VR startup in 2014 for $2 billion, Facebook’s Oculus is finally shipping its first immersive consumer product.

Kind of.

Though Oculus’ own headset won’t be available commercially until 2016, the company has teamed up with Samsung to produce the Oculus Samsung Gear VR—available today via Amazon & Samsung’s website. 

The new Samsung Gear VR comes just as Facebook has introduced 360-degree video to iOS users (after debuting them on Android & desktop earlier this year). Back in July, Mark Zuckerberg called virtual reality “the next obvious step” for Facebook—this was even before the social network was averaging over billion users & a massive 8 billion video views per day.

In a post on Facebook today (embedded below), Zuckerberg said he believed that “VR is the next big computing platform”. Wired proclaimed that buying the $99 Samsung Gear VR is “a no brainer” at its price-point and quality.

 

Today is a historic day for virtual reality. After years of development, we’re shipping the first consumer virtual…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, November 20, 2015

The Oculus-produced Gear VR is designed to work with the following Samsung devices: the Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 edge.

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