How you can try the virtual reality headset making the tech industry go gaga
And on Friday, you can waltz into a Best Buy and get your hands on it for about $200.
That's when Samsung's Oculus-powered Gear VR virtual reality headset will be available for purchase. The Gear VR has actually been on display at about 100 Best Buy retail stores for about a month, but it's only been a demo.
There are some reasons you probably won't want to buy it. The Gear VR requires a Galaxy Note 4 to function, and won't work with any other Samsung phone yet. Samsung will make it compatible with its upcoming flagship phones, Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, available next month.
Plus, there's only a limited amount of content for the gadget, although there are some games and videos. Although today Facebook, which bought Oculus last year for $2 billion, has promised more content including new "spherical" 360-degree videos.
Even so, do yourself a favor and find a Best Buy offering demos and go try this thing. It will give you some idea how big a deal VR could be.