Samsung has announced a virtual reality headset which beams the display of its new Galaxy Note 4 into the eyes of the wearer, immersing them in games and films like never before.
Having partnered with Oculus, creators of the Rift virtual reality (VR) headset and now a Facebook-owned company, Samsung claims the Gear VR represents the next generation in wearable technology.
The Gear VR takes the Note 4’s 5.7-inch display and converts it into an experience Samsung likens to standing just two metres away from an enormous 175-inch screen. As the wearer moves, so do they view, to create an interactive environment that is 3D and spans 360 degrees.
Samsung has not given a price or intended release date for the Gear VR, and by referring to this model as the “Innovation Edition” we can’t help but think it will be sold as a prototype in the same way the Google Glass Explorer Edition is now, with a cheaper and more consumer-friendly version along later.
“The Samsung Gear VR goes far beyond expectations of how mobile technology can be used to consume content, and is a powerful representation of the progressive innovation of the Gear series,” said JK Shin, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “We are pleased to have partnered with Oculus VR to bring this incredibly immersive mobile content experience to consumers.”
"We are thrilled to reveal the Gear VR Innovator Edition, a state-of-the-art mobile VR experience powered by Oculus," said John Carmack, CTO of Oculus. "The deep technical partnership with Samsung has enabled us to create a virtual reality headset with world class resolution and performance, all on a completely mobile platform.”
Mobile Choice will be in Berlin later this week to try Gear VR for ourselves, so stay tuned for our first impressions.