Samsung ,in conjunction with VR developer Oculus, are working together on a VR headset powered by Samsung’s latest tablet, the Galaxy Note 4.
The partnership between Samsung and Oculus is not unexpected since the two companies have worked together in the past. The Oculus Rift development kit 2 utilizes screens from a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 tablet. With the Samsung Gear, Samsung handles the hardware while Oculus deals with the software.
The Samsung Gear will have 96 degree field of view; require neither wires nor computer for power. The device will run off the internal battery in the Galaxy Note 4 and will come pre-loaded with ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ VR content and the ability to watch movie trailers in a virtual movie theater. Games will also be coming to the device including Dark net and Protocol Zero. The headset also has 60 frames per second pass through camera to allow those wearing the headset to see where they are going.
While no price or release date has been given for the Samsung gear, the potential of this new VR device, particularly for gaming, could be big, so long as Oculus (and other developers down the line) play to the strengths of this device that could revolutionize mobile gaming.