Samsung has been working hard on the Gear VR, using its partnership with Oculus Rift to create the hardware. But instead of providing a display, the Gear VR will need your phone for the display and sensors. It’s a cool concept, but very different from the Oculus. Or is it?
Now that the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 has gone out to those who ordered one, iFixit has decided to go to town on the thing with their screwdrivers and plastic spudgers, seeing what makes the Oculus tick. Inside is a relatively boring well built product, but they did find one big surprise. The display is actually the same panel from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, showing how Oculus benefited from its relationship with Samsung.
Hilariously, it’s not just the panel that’s in there. Everything is included, like the front glass, “brushed look” bezels with cutouts for the speaker and home button, and even a touchsceeen controller still intact! These are just the front ends of the Galaxy Note 3 pulled off of the assembly line and sent off to Oculus.
Obviously, the panel suits the device very well. The 1080p resolution is ideal for the device, and the AMOLED blacks are the perfect fit for goggles. Oculus also overclocked the panel from 60 Hz to 75 Hz to make things smoother. Not only is this funny, it’s plain awesome.