Samsung's new VR headset is undercut by Galaxy Note 4 requirement

Samsung held its Unpacked event at IFA earlier today and along with a new Note Edge, the company also unveiled its VR headset. Surprisingly, the new product was developed with help from Oculus, which was recently acquired by Facebook, and the two companies will work together to create content for the new headset.

The Gear VR, as you can see in the image above, is quite basic, featuring nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to VR headsets. The product allows you to view content in 360 degrees like the Oculus Rift but has a Samsung device powering the experience.

The big downfall here is that the headset works by inserting a Galaxy Note 4 into the device as it uses that screen to drive the VR experience. This will be a large barrier for many users as the headset is now a peripheral to the Note 4 and, at this time, can only be used with that device. So, if you don't plan on buying a Galaxy Note 4, you should look elsewhere for your VR fix.

One good aspect about this device is Samsung is continuing its partnership with Oculus which means that content is expected to work not just on Samsung's headsets but also on the Rift. By having a common platform, it makes content creation easier for developers as they don't have to create multiple formats of the same content.

No word on what the price will be for the headset but the Galaxy Note 4 will likely cost several hundred dollars like its predecessors. 

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I do not get the idea of this article... if you want to have the Facebook Oculus you buy it but if you have Note 4 you can get this cheap thing and have the same effect. I bet most people will chose the second option though.
This seems like a troll article...

Please fix this article... This device is an early-access beta version so fans can try it out and develop apps for it. This is not meant to be a consumer product so the the need for a Galaxy Note 4 is mute.

I tried fixing after first posting but editing one's comment since the new website design is wonky at best. I sometimes get a second comment like below when do edit my comments. The time frame to edit a comment seems to be also shorter now.

Brad still have not updated his post with correct info. Sigh...

Please fix this article... This device is an early-access beta version so fans can try it out and develop apps for it. This is not meant to be a consumer product so the the need for a Galaxy Note 4 is mute.

I would imagine the price of the headset plus the Note 4 would be equivalent to a whole Oculus Rift, so the benefit would be that you would buy a VR headset and when you're not using it you can pull out the Note 4 and use it as a phablet.

But that's a pretty damn good benefit as it's an investment that you can potentially use for several hours every day instead of once very blue moon. I could see the OR getting even less use than a Kinect.

Yeah, that's my point. You buy an OR and you have a VR headset. If you could spend the same money on this Samsung Gear VR then you would have a VR headset plus a Note 4.