Samsung Gear VR May Arrive in Dec. for $200

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Samsung only recently took the lid off of its Gear VR virtual reality headset, and it looks like the device could be out in time for the holidays. According to a new report, Samsung's wearable Galaxy Note 4 companion may arrive in early December for around $200.

This information comes by way of G for Games, which got its hands on an alleged internal customer service document from Samsung. G for Games reports that the document's purpose is to give retail employees pertinent product information ahead of the Gear VR's launch, and lists the headset as having a South Korean release date of Dec. 1 at the U.S. equivalent of about $187.

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While we don't know if this timeframe and price applies to the states (or is even real at all), it wouldn't be a surprise to see the new accessory arrive before year's end. The Gear VR requires a Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, which launches in the U.S. on Oct. 17. Perhaps Samsung wants to give Galaxy fans a few months to adopt its new phablet before launching its Gear VR companion.

Originally unveiled during Samsung's worldwide Unpacked event in September, the Gear VR is a virtual reality headset that uses the Galaxy Note 4 as its display. Developed alongside Oculus VR, the headset provides a 360-degree field of view for playing immersive games and experiencing virtual concerts and tours. We were impressed with the Gear VR during our early hands-on session, which allowed us to jump into the front row of a Coldplay concert and enter the Marvel Universe to tour Avengers Mansion.

If the Gear VR's purported cost is accurate, you'll likely be paying upwards of $500 for the Note 4 and Gear VR. Paying $200 for what could be a content-rich VR experience doesn't seem so bad if you plan on getting a Note 4 anyway, but the true value will really depend on the content and apps available.

Mike Andronico is an Associate Editor at Tom's Guide. Follow Mike @MikeAndronico. Follow us @TomsGuide, on Facebook.