According to reports, Samsung will unveil its virtual reality headset during the IFA 2014 trade show this September in Berlin. Though it was rumored that the device would compete against the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus, new reports suggest that Oculus VR worked with Samsung to create the software for the headset.
When asked by Forbes, Samsung wouldn’t confirm anything about the product; but a spokesperson did say, “Samsung is committed to relentless innovation, and new products are always in development, but at this time we don’t have any information to share on the speculation on Gear VR.”
Gear VR will be fully compatible with Samsung’s mobile phones. It will also allow users to see their surroundings without having to take off the headset, feature head-tracking technology, and use the accelerometer and gyroscope features available with Galaxy’s smartphones like the S5 and Note 3. Further, it’ll feature an OLED display, run on the Tizen operating system, and include a touchpad so users can navigate around the docked phone’s UI.
The device will be similar in construction to Google’s Cardboard VR set, but according to SamMobile.com, it will feature an elastic headband and side cushions to increase comfort. And it will have apps like Theatre, 360 Player and Gallery at the start, before adding additional apps from developers.
Expect the peripheral to be priced a little high at first, as the company tests demand for the product.