Last week reports surfaced that Korean technology giant Samsung is developing its own virtual reality (VR) headset. It was suggested that the device was being designed to undercut both the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus headsets by releasing faster and cheaper than the other two. This week a new report has come in suggesting that the wireless headset is in fact being made in collaboration with Oculus Rift makers Oculus VR.
As Engadget reports in a follow up to its previous leak, Samsung and Oculus VR are allegedly working together on the basis of a trade. Oculus VR apparently gets access to Samsung’s OLED displays, the type that’s included in its second development kit (DK2), while Samsung is granted early access to the Oculus VR mobile software development kit (SDK) that founder Palmer Luckey recently confirmed was being worked on.
Similar to the Samsung headset patent that VRFocus discovered last week, the headset will apparently use a smartphone as a display. Much like the Altergaze and Dive wireless headsets, phones will slot into place and users will view a 3D image display through a pair of lenses. The device should have built-in sensors for head tracking to free up the phone’s processor.
Apparently the device could utilise either the Galaxy S5 smartphone or its successor. Developers speaking to the outlet are said to be using Galaxy S4s for development at this point in time. The phone’s outward-facing camera could apparently be used as a follow-through device, showing real world images much like the built-in camera recently detailed for the Oculus Rift. Standard Android buttons such as home and back options will allegedly also be included on the headset itself.
Videogames can be controlled with a gamepad connection, though the device also has a touch sensor that allows you to essentially select options by tapping it as well as voice controls, which can be seen in Samsung’s TV products. Two demos are apparently running on the device right now, one said to be set at a beach party, the other having users dive from a plane.
Samsung apparently intends to position the device as a media player and marketing to the mass audience. That leaves a lot of discussion for media such as movies and TV still on the table, but we’ll hopefully find out more in the near future. VRFocus will continue to follow the alleged device’s progress and report back with all the latest.