Samsung cuts price for latest virtual reality headset to $99

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Posted: Sep 24, 2015 5:02 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Samsung says a new virtual reality headset will be 22 percent lighter and, at $99, half the price of its previous model.

The Korean electronics company hopes the changes to the Gear VR, which ships in November, will help push virtual reality into the mainstream.

Samsung vice president Peter Koo announced the headset Thursday at a developer's conference for virtual reality technology company Oculus in Los Angeles. Facebook owns Oculus.

The Gear VR requires users to insert the latest version of a Samsung smartphone into the headset for it to work.

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This story has been edited to delete an incorrect reference to the device coming without a central head strap.