Just last month, it was reported that Samsung has collaborated with Facebook’s Oculus VR to release its very own virtual reality headset. This has just been confirmed today and the name of the device has been set as well. Samsung’s virtual reality headset will be called the Gear VR. The device is set to be officially launched alongside the Galaxy Note 4 at the IFA 2014.
The South Korean typhoon has been looking to develop a modular design that allows users to dock in a Galaxy gadget into the Gear VR using a USB 3.0. The Gear VR will be utilizing the accelerometer of the smartphone as well as the gyroscope and processing power to track head motion. The Gear VR is more or less guaranteed to give users a smooth and top notch virtual reality experience as it will be equipped with Samsung’s infamous AMOLED display technology.
The Gear VR is suppose to be more comfortable than Google’s Cardboard VR headset, which was handed out to Google I/O 2014 attendees. This is due to the use of the elastic headband and soft padded cushions on the side of the Gear VR. Samsung’s implementation is set to be better than what Google has shown in their version of the device.
In addition, there is a see through button on the right side of the Gear VR. It uses the sensor of the rear camera of the smartphone to supply users with video feed of the outside world. Users won’t have to keep taking off the virtual reality headset to differentiate what is real and what is virtual reality. The Gear VR also sports a touchpad located right beneath the see through button that enables users to navigate through the Galaxy smartphone’s user interface.
Samsung will be developing this virtual reality headset on its own when it comes to the hardware of the device. For the software of the Gear VR however, the company has enlisted the help of Oculus VR, makers of the Oculus Rift VR headset for gaming. We couldn’t think of a better collaboration when it comes to this device.