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Samsung brings virtual reality headset to UAE market

Galaxy handset companion Gear VR Innovator Edition debuts in the Emirates

Samsung brings virtual reality headset to UAE market
The Gear VR headset is designed as an alternative interface for Galaxy handsets.

Samsung Gulf Electronics today announced that the company's virtual-reality headset, the Gear VR Innovator Edition, is now available in the UAE "in limited quantities".

The Gear VR Innovator Edition is the result of collaboration with Facebook's Oculus, and is compatible with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

"Samsung is incredibly excited to launch our first virtual-reality device, the Gear VR Innovator Edition," said Hayssam Yassine, head, IT and Mobile, Samsung Gulf Electronics. "We have worked in partnership with Oculus, a leader in virtual-reality technology to provide the most accessible and immersive VR experience to our users. We acknowledge this is just the beginning for virtual-reality entertainment and we look forward to developing further and continuously providing the best technologies for our customers."

The Gear VR headset is designed as an alternative interface for Galaxy handsets, and users will have access to third-party content such as a virtual tour of Tony Stark's Lab from Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, and a 360-degree rendering of a Cirque du Soleil performance.

But Samsung insists the device has "potential for innovative uses for enterprise", including training simulations for vehicles or aircraft; 360-degree scans in healthcare; and interactive classrooms.

As part of the launch, Oculus will make its Mobile SDK for Gear VR available to developers who register at developer.oculus.com/.

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