Since it was first rumoured in May 2014 there has been a wealth of leaks and rumours posted online about Samsung’s virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The device has been suggested to be a smartphone-based piece that uses one of the company’s own Galaxy handsets as a display, similar to what can be seen with the Durovis Dive and other peripherals. Now the first real image of the kit looks to have leaked, along with an intended reveal date.
The Verge has obtained a supposedly leaked picture of the HMD, which has previously been reported to be called GearVR and here codenamed Project Moonlight. The image seen above showcases the headset, complete with a gamepad, Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone, and cover to hold the latter in place on the device. Note that the cover also includes space for the rear-facing camera on the smartphone, suggesting it could be used with the device.
Oculus Rift VR HMD maker Oculus VR has in the past been tied to this device, with previous reports suggesting that Samsung has access to the company’s mobile software development kit (SDK) and, in return, Oculus VR can use the company’s Galaxy Note 3 OLED display as seen in the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2). The Verge also reports that the device will be officially revealed at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany on 3rd September 2014 as well as a simultaneous event in New York.
The same event is expected to play host to the reveal of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the next iteration in the company’s line of larger handsets. Could this mean that the Note 4 will support the device?
Next month will likely reveal all, then. VRFocus will continue to follow the Samsung VR HMD going forward, reporting back with any further updates on the device’s progress.