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Samsung reportedly developing virtual reality headset for smartphones

updated 02:27 pm EDT, Thu May 22, 2014

Report claims VR headset will run off next-generation Samsung mobile devices

Samsung is planning to enter the virtual reality market, by producing its own headset, according to reports. The electronics giant is hoping to take on the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift headset and Sony's Project Morpheus, with the company hoping to beat both to the market by launching its head-mounted display before the end of this year.

Sources of Engadget claim the power requirements of Samsung's effort will not require a high-powered computer or a game console to operate. Developers are said to be working on early versions of the device that is powered by current-generation flagship devices, with the eventual consumer model expected to require a next-generation Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet.

Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift


Specifics of the display are brief, but are subject to change considering it is still being developed. It is believed to have an OLED display, and is thought to connect to a mobile device by wires as opposed to a wireless version due to the requirements of current-gen VR. While it is likely to use similar sensors to current models for basic head tracking, it is also unclear how it will offer head movement for depth, as both Project Morpheus and Oculus Rift require external cameras to recognize this aspect.




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