Samsung working on standalone Virtual Reality gadgets

Samsung has been among a few pioneering firms who have invested heavily in virtual reality so far, but the Korean giant is now willing to go a step further by starting work on a standalone VR headset that will not need a smartphone to work.

Apart from featuring its own high resolution display, the new headset will also feature hand and gesture tracking.

“We are working on wireless and dedicated VR devices, not necessarily working with our mobile phone. VR is amazing, but the industry is still at its infancy,” said Injong Rhee, head of R&D for software and services at Samsung. He added that the new VR headset will also feature positional tracking, but it may take years for Samsung to launch one.

Samsung News: Gear VR goes on sale; while company exits UK camera market!

Samsung made its Gear VR headset available for sale in the UK in December but decided to exit the UK camera market at the same time. Available in Frost White, the £80 Gear VR works with Samsung's premium phones like Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge since a Super AMOLED display is required to "provide the colour, clarity and performance needed for an amazing virtual reality experience."

The current Gear VR offers a 96 degree field of vision and will enable you to view 360 degree videos and gaming content. Samsung is offering a range of games and experiential content in its online store that you can play or view on your Gear VR. Samsung is also set to release its Gear 360 camera which was launched at Mobile World Congress along with Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones.

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Gear 360 camera runs two 15MP cameras simultaneously that will let you shoot hi-res 360-degree videos with resolutions of 3840 x 1920p and also take 30MP pictures. When synced with S7 or S7 Edge, Gear 360 will let you record and preview content at the same time. It will also "automatically bring up filmed content for users to view and save on their smartphone or to upload and share directly through social channels including Google Street View."

Gear 360 will compete directly with modular accessories for the LG G5 like LG 360 Cam and LG 360 VR. While LG 360 Cam will let you take 360-degree photos and videos, LG 360 VR can simulate a 130-inch TV viewed from two meters away. It weighs just 118g and offers a resolution of 639 ppi. It is compatible with 360-degree videos as well as Google Cardboard content.

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