Samsung just unveiled the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the latest additions to their line of high-end smartphones. Pre-order a new Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge and get a Gear VR, powered by Oculus! Visit the Galaxy S7 website for details.
To make sure you get the most out of your new phone and Gear VR, Oculus is adding a content bundle featuring six made-for-VR games with an estimated $50 USD value to all US pre-orders. Bundles vary by phone carrier and include hit games and experiences like EVE: Gunjack, Land’s End, and Anshar Wars 2.
200+ apps on the Oculus Store with More Coming Soon
There are now over 200 apps and games available on Gear VR. Recent favorites include Goosebumps, PGA TOUR, and Hidden Temple, with more great hits on the way. We can’t wait to dive into multiplayer battles in Herobound: Gladiators, catch a giant fish in Bait, and puzzle our way to safety in Please Don’t Touch Anything – all coming soon to Gear VR.
We’re also making improvements to the Oculus app and Store, so keep a look out for user reviews, auto updates, additional currency options, and more.
Powerful Improvements to 360 Video in VR
Video content – especially 360 video – has been extremely popular, with over 1 million hours of video watched in Gear VR!
Samsung has made it easier to record and upload your personal 360 videos to Gear VR with the new Gear 360 camera, also unveiled today. This device makes it easy to capture moments from every angle and instantly save them to your camera roll so you can upload straight to Gear VR or share with your friends on Facebook.
As 360 video grows in popularity, it’s important that we continue to evolve the quality of these videos for our community. One way we’re doing this is through Dynamic Streaming.
Facebook and Oculus developed Dynamic Streaming technology to deliver more efficient 360 videos, showing only the pixels you’re looking at in the highest quality, instead of delivering the entire 360 video in high resolution. This means we’ve quadrupled the resolution of 360 streaming video in VR by reducing the amount of bandwidth required by 4x – so videos look clearer and play faster. Dynamic Streaming will be available on Gear VR in the next few weeks.
We’re excited to partner with Samsung to bring virtual reality to millions of people around the world with Gear VR.
– The Oculus team