I just joined Samsung to launch their new Galaxy smartphones and talk about the future of virtual reality.
I told the story of when I was 11 years old and first learning to program computers, I used to sit in my middle school math class, write code in my notebook and sketch images of a world where you could not only navigate to a 2D website, but transport yourself to a completely different place in reality. I've been waiting for it to be possible to create this experience, and today it finally is.
Our Oculus technology powers Samsung's Gear VR. Tonight we announced that every pre-order of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will ship with a free Gear VR. And if you don't pre-order, you can buy it for just $99. This means Gear VR will be in the hands of millions of people this year.
An important part of the Oculus experience is 360 videos, where you can look around and feel like you're actually in the video -- whether that means surfing in Tahiti, flying with the Blue Angels, or exploring the surface of Mars.
Here's a new stat: people have already watched more than 1 million hours of 360 videos in Gear VR. I'm looking forward to seeing even more great content as VR continues to grow!