It was at least a month ago, when we first heard about the VR (virtual reality) device from Samsung. However, then it was not much of a confirmed report. Now an exclusive report from SamMobile suggests that the device is for real and the Samsung-bound tech site has also posted an image of the device, which looks similar to Oculus, that we have seen before.
The first time, when it hit the online world, report from Engadged said that Samsung's VR device was being developed in collaboration with Facebook's Oculus VR. Today, SamMobile has apparently confirmed saying that the virtual reality device would be called as "Gear VR." Further, it also said that the South Korean tech giant would announce the device, alongside the Galaxy Note 4, at IFA 2014.
Digging deeper into the features and its functionalities, the "Gear VR" is reportedly said to be something like the wearable device, which means, it is not a standalone VR gear. What it can supposedly do is allow the user to dock in a Galaxy device using USB 3.0.
SamMobile explains that the virtual reality effect is achieved through head tracking. What is interesting about the device is that instead of stuffing sensors in the headset, Gear VR makes use of the smartphone's accelerometer, gyroscope and processing power to track head motion. This would mean that the manufacturing cost of the headset would not be too high.
Moreover, since the device is patched with a AMOLED display, users will surely get an excellent virtual reality experience.
As far as the hardware of the VR device is concerned, on the right side of the Gear VR, there is a see-through button, which uses the smartphone's rear-facing camera sensor to supply the user with a video feed of the real outside world - this way the user won't need to remove and wear the headset again and again. There is also a touchpad located directly under the see-through button, which will allow users to navigate through the user interface on the Galaxy smartphone.
Samsung will be dedicating an entire section of Samsung Apps for Gear VR, just like it did with its Gear smartwatches. Initially, apps like Theatre, 360 Player, and Gallery will be made available.
Reportedly, Samsung will be making its official announcement about the Gear VR come IFA 2014 in September, and that the SDK for the headset will be released shortly after the device is announced.
Stay tuned for more updates!