Update, September 6, 2014, 18:40:Samsung Gear VR headset has now received a pricing, it was revealed by Samsung’s spokesperson, though, the exact availability date is still unclear. While company did not revealed the pricing of their Virtual Reality headsets during their official announcement in the Unpacked event, earlier this week.
The pricing was spilled by a Samsung rep to the VentureBeat at a Fashion week in New York City on Friday night. Though, you would have to shell out more than $199, as the latest wearable offering from the South Korean giant will be compatible with only newly announced Galaxy Note 4. That means the actual cost to experience the virtual reality effect on your eyes will be a lot.
Earlier, September 4, 2014, 10:10 : Samsung Gear VR has finally seen the day of light, the rumoured VR headset by the South Korean manufacturer is built in partnership with Oculus, the maker of Oculus Rift, arguably the best VR headset, which was recently acquired by Facebook. Originally named as Project Moonlight, the Gear VR brings what Google did with its Cardboard Do-it-yourself VR. But don’t worry, the Gear VR is not an incomplete product, as it is designed and has appearance closer to the Oculus Rift.
Though, the 3D virtual reality headset is only compatible with only newly announced Note 4, and not even any other Samsung or high-end smartphone, which is a big letdown. The Gear VR includes dual lenses in the front, which provides the 3D effect using Note 4 device. Other hardware specs like trackpad and back buttons are present on the right side of the Gear VR, and an easily adjustable focus on top.
The main problem with Google’s Cardboard VR was that there was no easy way to control the menu and functionalities while experiencing the 3D effects, while Samsung Gear VR has a Bluetooth gaming controller, but right now the controls are limited to only few functionalities.
Earlier, August 13, 2014 : Looks like Samsung is keenly interested to take the next step of introducing their first Virtual Reality headset. The leaked image of a much rumored VR connected glasses by Samsung has showed up in a report published by The Verge. The report mentions that the Korean giant’s VR headset will be known as “Project Moonlight”, or it might just be a codename given till the actual launch of this device.
With Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launch just three weeks away, there is a possibility that this headset might be announced in the Unpacked event hosted by Samsung in Berlin next month. The report states that the VR headset would transform your device “into an immersive world”, by coupling the headset’s lenses with the smartphone display. It will have a detachable lid that will hold your phone in front of your eyes. The dial can be seen on top of the device that may loosen or tighten the grip of your phone with the headset, and might feature a micro USB connectivity to connect with the phone.
Additionally, it is notable that Samsung’s controller pad reminisce the look of a Playstation gaming controller, which will prove handy to the avid gamers. It is unclear if the pictured device is a prototype or a final version of the product. The device is appeared to be like Google’s Cardboard that was given out to the developers after this year’s Google I/O Keynote event in June.
Oculus Rift, which is one of the first companies to get a successful final build running for the market has tasted success several times, first with a successful Kickstarter campaign and later it was sold to Facebook for $2 Billion. It was believed that Samsung is working with the Oculus Rift for its VR headset launch, though, Samsung denies any such rumors.
This headset will be compatible with the Galaxy line of devices, and might be restricted to only higher-end devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S5 placed alongside VR headset in the leaked image. So, it is almost certain that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be compatible with the VR headset.
Even though the Virtual Reality gaming was present since quite a time, but with Oculus’s rise in the market the competition is heating up a lot. And this is just the start as there will be a lot of stuff happening in VR technology in the coming months.
Source: The Verge