Samsung and Oculus are putting virtual reality to the test with the Gear VR

Samsung’s Gear VR is out today, putting virtual reality on the mass market in a way we haven’t seen since the Virtual Boy — although hopefully, this time, with more staying power. The Gear VR fits around a Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, magnifying the Note’s screen to create the illusion of presence. Carefully marketed as an “Innovator Edition,” it’s technically a beta product with no final version announced. Even so, it’s probably the most user-friendly headset available, and Samsung virtual reality VP Nick DiCarlo succinctly sums up the marketing pitch: “We’re very carefully trying to avoid overhyping this, but we think it’s going to be amazing.”

The Gear VR was built in partnership with Oculus, which has sold over 100,000 of its own Rift…

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