New Gear VR Ships Today with Hundreds of VR Experiences Available on the Oculus Store

Oculus Blog
Posted by Oculus VR
August 19, 2016

The newest Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus, is available today*! With over 300 games and experiences on the Oculus Store, there’s something for everyone—from heart-pumping experiences like AFFECTED: The Manor, to securing a front row seat at the Rio Olympics via Oculus 360 Photos. Over one million people on the Oculus platform are introduced to new games and experiences through their Gear VR each month—and we’re adding new content weekly. Just this past week we’ve added over a dozen new Gear VR apps and experiences to the Oculus Store.

With improved comfort, clarity, and an even lighter feel than before, the new Gear VR makes it easier to get lost in your favorite games, films, and experiences. The new headset features a larger touchpad for better control, a new Oculus Home button on the exterior to make it easier to navigate between VR experiences, and interchangeable micro USB and USB-C support. The new addition of the USB-C port also offers a way to transfer data, which opens up opportunities for developers to create all-new types of games and experiences with unique inputs.

Introducing new VR movies, games, and experiences on the Oculus StoreThere are tons of things to do in Gear VR! Games are a big content favorite, with some of the most popular being Minecraft, End Space, and Smash Hit.

Also, video continues to be the most popular thing on Gear VR, with over 3M hours of video watched so far! People enjoy all types of videos, from the latest Facebook 360 video in Oculus Video, to the latest Hulu series, or the magic of VR with Cirque du Soleil.

Lost 360 comes to Gear VRLost 360, from Oculus Story Studio, is coming soon to the Oculus Store. This short film brings you along on an unexpected encounter in a magical forest. From the director of Pixar’s The Blue Umbrella, Lost 360 is an excellent showcase of narrative storytelling in virtual reality. Lost 360 will be free on the Oculus Store.

WandsTime to dust off your sorcery skills. Set in 19th century Europe, Wands from NUX Studios is a first-person fully mobile VR experience that offers fast paced magic duels against other players on Gear VR. Select the powers you want to capture and practice your magic in 360 degrees before hunting for ancient artifacts and forbidden knowledge.

Unlock new spells by winning battles and choose your own strategic playing style to defeat your opponents. And if you are unsure of how to capitalize on your new powers, try out the Wands spectator feature to watch other people who are playing on Gear VR battle in real time. Wands is $5.99 on the Oculus Store.

Smashing the Battle Gear VRThe much-loved Rift game Smashing the Battle from Studio HG, is coming to Gear VR! This made for VR hack-and-slash action game has stylish gameplay to keep you entertained for hours with a unique perspective you can only get in VR. Set in the year 2085, a huge multiplex construction site becomes a victim of a massive-scale hacking incident. Due to the hack, the construction robots start to attack the workers on site. Choose between two unique characters to fight the battle yourself, and see two unique stories unfold! Smashing the Battle Gear VR (gamepad required) is $9.99 on the Oculus Store.

These are just a few of the new VR games and experiences coming to the Oculus Store for Gear VR, and we have a lot more coming in the months ahead. We’re working to ensure that every time you pick up your Gear VR, you always have the best games, apps and experiences at your fingertips — ones you can’t wait to show to your family and friends.

Please note: This post has been edited to delete reference to the Galaxy Note7. Customer safety is our top priority. While Samsung investigates multiple reports of issues on the Samsung Galaxy Note7, Oculus is removing support for all Note7 devices on the Oculus platform.

Please visit Samsung’s information page or contact Samsung directly for more information.

— The Oculus Team