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Samsung Virtual Reality Headset Gear VR for Galaxy S 6 Hits Shelves

Desperate to have virtual reality at home, but don't want to wait until Oculus releases its headset next year? You're in luck.

Desperate to have virtual reality at home, but don't want to wait until Oculus releases its headset next year? You're in luck, kind of: available starting today is Samsung's Gear VR for Galaxy S6, which lets you use the smartphone as a VR screen. You just slot it into the front and launch your app or movie, and Gear VR does all the 3-D stuff and head-tracking on its own. Not quite the dedicated hardware required for a highly immersive experience, but it'll do in a pinch.

The virtual reality headset market right now is fairly limited to early adopters and people interested in making 3-D content — game developers, filmmakers, 3-D modelers and the like. There's not a lot of content available, though a handful of games and apps have VR modes you can try out, and more are coming or being made VR-compatible. Whether that's worth the $200 price of admission for the Gear VR headset (assuming you already have a Galaxy S6 to go in it) is up to you.

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