Nestled in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge presentation was the announcement of a new Samsung Gear VR. They are not christening it with a new name or too much fanfare, but they did want to add refinements and make it compatible with their new flagship(s). Here are a few snaps:

Other than fitting the S6, the device is reportedly 15% lighter with a slightly expanded field of vision. A nice tweak is the ability to charge the device while it is in use, which should allow for longer sessions.

The Gear VR is the product of a partnership with Oculus, which has its own hardware. Samsung hopes that you will not only use it for gaming--which is Oculus's primary focus--but also for media consumption more generally. Samsung has posted some specs for this updated device, which you can see below.


Sensors Accelerator, Gyrometer, Proximity(Mount/Unmount Detection)
Field of View 96 degree
IPD Coverage 54 ~ 70mm (Fixed Lenses)
Accessory Replaceable Face Form, Carrying Pouch, Lens Cleaning Cloth
Color Frost White
Connectivity microUSB connection to the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge