A while ago we reported about Samsung working on a virtual reality handset
called Gear VR. Now the rumors are starting to become real as Sammobile
comes in with more info and an exclusive picture of Gear VR. According to the source, Samsung will announce Gear VR at IFA 2014. But how will this device work?
Apparently Samsung decided to choose a more practical solution to making a standalone VR handset. Gear VR will make use of Galaxy smartphones by allowing you to dock a device to the module using USB 3.0. The user will be introduced in a virtual reality thanks to specific Galaxy features such as head tracking, accelerometer, gyroscope and processing power. This eliminates the need of installing senors on the VR handset. However this will probably work only with flagship devices that use the latest AMOLED displays, which are able to render amazing quality images.
This type of design gives Samsung a lot of advantages. Not only will they cut manufacturing costs, which in turn will let them resell the device at a very low price, but they will also increase demand for the latest Galaxy devices. On the outside, Gear VR will have a see-through button using the rear camera which will allow the user to see on the outside world. This eliminates the need to remove the headset every time you are interrupted. The device will also feature a touchpad with which you can control the smartphone.
Despite making all the hardware parts themselves, Samsung chose to partner up with the ones from Oculus Rift to develop the software. We can't wait for the IFA 2014 event to take place so we can see Gear VR in reality. Until then we'll keep you posted with all the latest from Samsung.