Samsung is venturing in the VR space, alongside Sony and Facebook, revealing the Samsung Gear VR, a headset that plugs into the Galaxy Note 4, reproducing a virtual-reality experience akin to that of the Oculus Rift.
The Gear VR is a headset designed around the newly announced 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4, which also works as a screen. This means the device is completely wireless, as the smartphone is the device’s heart and brain.
"Samsung Gear VR delivers an unrivaled viewing experience with the 5.7 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display of Galaxy Note 4 providing stunning and engaging visuals at a mobile-leading resolution," the official statement wrote.
"With the Gear VR Innovator’s Edition, users can sit in the best seat of a theater, can be on-stage of a performance with full 360 3D video, and can enjoy gaming like it’s never been seen before — inside stunning worlds where imagination becomes reality. Samsung’s industry leading Super AMOLED display technology and cutting-edge Oculus-driven technologies fuse to create an experience that surprises and delights — all on a mobile device."
The 2560x1440 Quad HD screen of the Note 4 is actually superior to Oculus Rift’s latest development kit. Not only that, but the Gear VR adds a side-trackpad designed for turning menus and playing games, as well as a back button and a volume key. The rear camera can also be turned on to give out an image of the world around you, with some latency of course.
The device gives the wearer a 96 degree field of view, and connects via the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 via a micro-USB connection. It will also come pre-loaded with Avengers: Age of Ultron, a 360-degree Cirque du Soleil performance, HD music videos from Vevo, and Pacific Rim Jaeger pilot Demo. There will also be games coming to the device, including Darknet and Protocol Zero.
The Gear VR will be made available later this fall. At the time of writing, no pricing and release date details were specified.