Pictures of Samsung VR Headset Leak -- Report

The headset is supposedly being made by Samsung in conjunction with Oculus VR.

In May, rumors arose that Samsung was cooperating with Oculus VR, the developer of the Rift virtual reality headset, on a VR device of its own. Today, images of the device have leaked, SamMobile reports.

Called Gear VR, the headset may be announced at Samsung's IFA 2014 conference at the same time as the Note 4 tablet. The report and image support the original May rumors, including the fact that the headset will simply use a Samsung galaxy phone as a screen. A phone slots into the headset and docks via USB, then VR software utilizes the phone's built-in accelerometer, gyroscope, and processor to track a user's head.

The headset is being made exclusively by Samsung, but the software is being co-developed by Oculus VR. In a sense, this device has a similar goal to Google Cardboard, the ultra-cheap VR solution using cardboard and a smartphone that Google introduced at its developer's conference in June. But the Gear VR improves dramatically on that design by making it much more comfortable to wear, and by adding an augmented reality button. In other words, you can press a button on the outside of the headset to activate the rear camera on the phone and see your surroundings.

According to the report, Samsung is focusing on media at launch, with some theater and gallery apps to be compatible with the headset and software. But the company will be opening up the kit to developers soon after the headset's release.

This rumor follows last month's report that Oculus VR is looking for manufacturing and hardware partners, licensing out its software because it does not have the infrastructure to make enough headsets. The Samsung headset seems to be the first of such partnerships.

If real, the Gear VR joins the Oculus Rift for PC and Sony's Project Morpheus headset for PlayStation 4 among the newest wave of virtual reality headsets. Are you intrigued by the accessibility and price point of the Gear VR, or do you still find yourself more interested by the expensive but dedicated Rift and Morpheus headsets? Let us know in the comments!

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straightcur
straightcur

" Are you intrigued by the accessibility and price point of the Gear VR "


This is how you end your article, but nowhere in your article do you reference price point.  More grade A journalism from Gamespot LOL

mortis9
mortis9

I haven't used one of these headsets before, but what I know for certain is that my eyes can't focus on my iPhone's screen when only a couple inches from my face.  Trying to do just that gives me a headache real quick.  And isn't VR supposed to use two screens, one for each eye, to present the content in 3D.  How would that work with just a single smartphone display?

xantufrog
xantufrog

Samsung Plastic is going to put Google Cardboard out of business

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

I have only tried VR once and while I believe in the tech, IMO its current version is not ready yet. 

The VR I tested was the Oculus Rift, so I cannot speak for the Sony Morpheus or others. I got a little motion sick at first, and if you are not used to having gear on your head this could cause problems.

This Samsung and the Google VR look like a cheaper alternative to the others.  With VR you have to try before you buy.

sergio2themax
sergio2themax

Hell yeah... I can't wait for the VR industry to lead us in true next gen gaming immersion

real7a
real7a

More and more :) #VR #tech

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

It's just a matter of time to Apple enters in this battle and, obviously wins.

purplestone6988
purplestone6988

i just cant see how samsung would think there is a market for their device. 

ecurl143
ecurl143

What century are you people living in?

scottp86
scottp86

It seems to me that video lag and/or screen tearing might be an issue with this... or maybe I'm wrong

smartest_gamer
smartest_gamer

Why doesnt each company make their VR headset of their own?

It doesnt look that hard.

mbradk
mbradk

Wait a second... Why is everyone here hating so much on the VR? I have a Developer Kit of the Oculus VR and god damn, that thing is one of the best gadget I have bought in my life... I can't see all the bad things you are all saying... Have you ever tried it? Have you really tried it? Not for just those 5 minutes that OVR gives you in some game conventions...

absolut_gamerz
absolut_gamerz

gosh, this VR headset looks extremely stupid and i'm not wearing it for sure let alone buying it. it looks like a cheap goggle. 

dribblesbarbax
dribblesbarbax

Just make sure you turn off vibrate on your phone. Unless you like a cheap face massage.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Aww I was all excited till I read the phone part. I thought there might be another big player in the VR race. Damn I guess I'm back to my less optimistic point of view then.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

"Are you intrigued by the accessibility and price point of the Gear VR"

How would one be intrigued by something that was not mentioned in the article?

SaQu1B
SaQu1B

I wish all these companies jumping on the VR company go bankrupt... Virtual Boy was a failure and they still haven't learned from past mistakes. I am a high school drop out and even I know a bad investment when I see one. 

derekscorp
derekscorp

Oh gee. More cheap, plastic, gimmicky hardware from Samsung that doesn't work as promised? #thanksbutnothanks

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Don't know which one is worst. Everyone jumping on the bandwagon for VR or everyone jumping on the bandwagon for Android Consoles. 

ThatAngryMan
ThatAngryMan

What do you do when you see all the big boys get on a bandwagon?


You flip it over, watch it burn.

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

I don't understand how so many companies can jump on the virtual reality bandwagon before it's even been put in the hands of consumers?

DrKill09
DrKill09

So much money wasted in fad technology...


They should be focusing on HDTV's, not this crap.

malec_1
malec_1

Considering that both the Rift developer kits currently use the same screens that exist in phones, this could actually work. Of course you would need to limit it to running on particular phones that have high enough DPI and a large screen. If the barrier to entry is simply a modern phone and a cheap headset, VR could become incredibly common in the near future.

Mraou
Mraou

And.... VR is officially dead.

elheber
elheber

If this is a stupid idea, which I deeply suspect, I'm afraid this could negatively affect market penetration of VR if people's first experience with it is, "I tried it on my phone; it sucked."

Yeah. That's cause it was on a phone.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@xantufrog Hipsters will prefer cardboard. Hence they might even switch from Apple for that

SSSTcracka
SSSTcracka

@liquidbutter They're all trying to find a way market VR as a NEED to the general public still. Going to be interesting to see who does it best from a marketing and functional perspective. 

xantufrog
xantufrog

@mbradk I agree - having actually USED an Oculus I can say it is pretty darn cool. I am sure VR isn't for everyone, but I really believe that 8/10 of the people trashing it on here have simply never tried VR, or haven't tried VR since they convinced their mom to buy one of the crappy $200 headsets you could get for your PC in 1998


I always see people spouting stuff about "it's just strapping a monitor to your face" - that proves they haven't tried it, because the actual experience far surpasses that

purplestone6988
purplestone6988

@mbradk close-minded ignorance. its a problem with the majority of the population on this planet unfortunately. 

ecurl143
ecurl143

@absolut_gamerz You really need to wake up and smell the 21st century dude and accept the fact that this is the next big thing in multimedia.

It's not a fashion accessory.

ecurl143
ecurl143

@SaQu1B Vitrtual Boy? - Holy crap, that was like a gazillion years ago man. What's first prize for having your head buried under a rock these days?

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

@SaQu1B You're comparing technology from 20 years ago to what they're doing now and expecting the results to be the same? Wow... Lol.

As for past mistakes, most of the greatest inventions or discoveries were procured through a process of trial and error. If everyone thought like you, we probably wouldn't have advanced much at all.

Barighm
Barighm

@Master_Turismo Everyone jumping on the bandwagon. Seriously, that thing must be so crowded by now.

purplestone6988
purplestone6988

@DrKill09 i do not understand the close mindedness of this statement. do you really not want to see anything new? not have any new experiences or way to play or interact with games or any media for that matter? nope just upgrade my 2d tv and im good to go. im sorry but i dont want to live in that world with you.

Stiler
Stiler

@DrKill09 Can't tell if serious or just trolling....

If you haven't tried the rift you don't understand how much of a step up it is in terms of im mersino, not just for gaming but movies and other things.