Jul 08 AT 2:42 PM Dima Aryeh 4 Comments

New details revealed about the Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR

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!

Source: SamMobile

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • McLovin

    Very excited. Waiting for my July delivery of the Oculus Rift Dev 2 kit. Glad to see others giving some attention to this tech. Maybe this time it will take and not just be a curiosity like so many other techs that keep making the rounds every 10 years. For example, wrist watch computers, AI, speech recognition, that flying Jetson’s car, LOL.

  • BlazeHN

    Really cool idea, you can buy the full Oculus Rift for hardcore PC gaming or the Gear VR for lite Android gaming while using your already existent hardware so you save money (I really like this part, would love to put my Note 3 there and get it for a low price). However Samung concept of “low price” is not always what people expect, for example the Samsung Gamepad was selling for more than $100 when a Moga Pro (a way better controller) was like $40.

    I wonder who came up first with the idea of using your Android phone as screen, Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR (this one has been on development since a while already)…

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  • Bart

    So does the headset have an adjustable container to accept different Galaxy phones or is it only for one phone (the upcoming Note4)? If so, they are greatly limiting their market.