Samsung is working on its own implementation of the virtual reality headset that may not too different from the popular Oculus Rift. The goal is to make virtual reality accessible to everyone and to be used for mobile gaming. Today some very interesting information on Samsung’s Gear VR headset and how it will work has been revealed.
First off, the main difference between a device like the Oculus Rift and the Gear VR is that the Gear VR will use your Galaxy smartphone’s sensors, display and camera. You’ll put your Galaxy device into the Gear VR and it’ll use the various sensors for head tracking, the rear camera so you can see what’s in front of you when needed (something that’s missing from other implementations) and the display for the virtual reality.
Hopefully this will mean that the Gear VR will debut for a low price. It’s reminiscent of Google Cardboard, though obviously more refined and not made out of cardboard. However, a low price should be the main goal. Also revealed is that the software will be made by both Samsung and Oculus, though the hardware is pure Samsung. This means it will be less of a first generation product, as Oculus has quite a bit of experience with virtual reality.
The Samsung Gear VR will be unveiled at IFA 2014, alongside the Galaxy Note 4 later this year. It’ll definitely be interesting to see if it becomes successful, as I’m sure many of you have your doubts. We’ll have to wait and see. Until then, tell us if you’re excited for the Gear VR!