(IFA 2014) Samsung Unleashes the Gear VR
One of the many unexpected rumours that cropped up about Samsung in the months preceding IFA was the news that the Korean tech giant had teamed up with Oculus to bring virtual reality to the masses. This rumour was proved to be true at IFA with Samsung and Oculus announcing the Gear VR.
The Gear VR is what many perceive to be a portable version of the upcoming Oculus Rift. The device takes what Google used in Google Cardboard and takes it to a new level. The device interfaces with the Galaxy Note 4 to bring its 3D experience to life. The Note 4 provides a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Quad HD resolution which will provide “stunning and engaging visuals at a mobile-leading resolution” with “an unrivaled viewing experience”.
The Gear VR is portable and provides the user with a 96-degree field of view with a latency of less than 20 milliseconds. This means that the lag between the user moving his/her head and the reaction from the device and its visuals is virtually unperceivable.
The VR device comes only with an Accelerometer, Gyrometer, Magnetic and Proximity sensor. The device also allows the users to adjust for farsightedness and shortsightedness and only interfaces with the user with a Touch pad, back button and volume key and is capable of 3D sound via the Samsung VR Player which requires headphones.
The device will come with a whole bunch of goodies including Marvel’s Avengers : Age of Ultron which allows access to Tony Stark’s lab in the new Avenger’s Tower; some virtual theatre content from IMAX, DreamWorks VR content, Video from Cirque du Soleil Media, Vevo content, VR Game Protocol Zero and Qualcomm Vuforia.