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Samsung Has Reportedly Partnered with Oculus to Produce a VR Headset

Last we heard of Samsung’s VR ambitions, the company was going it alone, attempting to beat Oculus and Sony to the market and undercut both on price. According to Engadget, though, that’s not the whole story. Samsung is actually working with Oculus to produce a media-focused headset for use with smartphones and tablets. Who would have thought?

Both companies get something out of the partnership. Engadget sources state that Oculus is developing the software for Samsung’s prototype – firmware reportedly based on Oculus’ mobile SDK – while Samsung is providing top-of-the-line, higher-than-1080p OLED screens to Oculus for inclusion in Rift.

Reportedly, Samsung’s headset is more like a peripheral than standalone hardware. It has no screen of its own, instead relying on your smartphone, which you plug into a slot on the device – the phone’s screen becomes the display.  As you would expect, you can use the phone’s hardware to an extent, like viewing the outside world with the rear camera. The headset won’t use your phone for everything, though. It apparently contains motion sensors of its own, and buttons including Home, Back, and Recent App controls.

Samsung’s headset allegedly works with gamepads, but is designed to be used without them. The company wants to focus on media playback, and so the primary means of navigation right now are voice and touch. That said, games are apparently in the works for the headset.

When and if the device retails, it will likely be compatible only with Galaxy devices – Engadget says Samsung is fine-tuning the experience on its handsets.

Anyone eager to see Samsung’s take on VR?

Via: Engadget
  • rutgersjaffo

    You know what’s better than Oculus Rift? Actual reality. SMH…

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  • callumshell1

    I would actually get this if it fit my G2. I already have a high DPI display may as well put it to use instead of buying a full headset.

  • TC Infantino

    SWEET!!! Now we can add VR goggles to the list of wearables that will only work with certain Samsung devices, will be running Tizen, and people will rave about how great and innovative Samsung is. Am I the only one who is seeing Samsung as Apple 2.0? Sapple, or maybe Appsung?

  • coolsilver

    No thank you I don’t want FaceTouchWizBook near me.

  • OhYeah!

    Sliding a phone in as the screen seems like a bad move. This will add extra weight (all the phone parts that you aren’t using during VR) plus it will complicate the optics I would imagine.

  • Guest

    Wow… I didn’t think I could want a product less until I read this.

    I’ve got to say, depending on the phone’s hardware is a bad idea. It’s an even worse idea when you consider that due to this dependency, you’ll be stuck with a Samsung phone loaded up with Touchwiz.

    In fact… Wait a minute. I remember something very much like this… Using the phone for a display screen…

    Oh, here it is…

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  • koin

    This looks promising

  • rawr

    This should be just as awesome as 3D was…

    That was awesome right?


    • Bryan Mills

      This is much better than 3D. 3D is nice when it’s filmed in it too. You just watched too many post converted movies.

      • rawr

        Nope, wearing goofy glasses to experience a little depth is not worth it and still hasn’t taken off and how long has it been? Decades?

        Smell-O-Vision has a better chance of taking off than VR and 3D.

        We should be getting people to stop putting their screens constantly in their face and the solution is to strap the screen onto their face?

        Live some life The Narrator.

        • Bryan Mills

          Little depth? Yeah, those post converted movies are ruining it for the rest of them.

          • rawr

            So Wreck It Ralph is post converted?

        • OhYeah!

          LOL, troll alert. With Sony, Samsung, Oculus, and maybe microsoft working on VR it’s coming and it’s going to be amazing. The DK1 is already great and the CV1 will be miles better than that.

  • Suicide_Note

    No. Just…no.

  • Mordecaidrake

    Awesome, just want I wanted! Touchwiz in 3d!!!

    • John

      Event better, to go along with their new fad (curved TVs), http://curvemailapp.com

      • rutgersjaffo

        To be fair, curved TVs actually make sense at larger sizes. Just sayin…

        • John

          Care to elaborate a little on that…
          (honestly curious)

    • Orpick_Aname

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  • Bryan Mills

    Samsung/ Facebook/ Oculus. Nope nope nope. Save us Sony!

    • mustbepbs

      Right? Samsung, Facebook/Oculus as bedfellows? What could possibly go wrong?

      • Bryan Mills

        The world will explode.

    • At this point Sony can’t save itself. Remember when they were the top rated TV maker. Now what happened?

      • Wjdzm

        Sony top rated TV maker? man that’s from ages ago… hardly remember that haha

        • rawr

          Panasonic still makes great Plasmas but you only really see Samsung and LG and those cheap American Visios these days. I guess it really is advertise or die these days.

        • Lol. Old school.