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Oculus VR ‘working on’ Positional Tracking for Gear VR

All sorts of news about Samsung and Oculus VR’s Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) was announced yesterday from release windows to pricing. In between all of the reveals at the 2014 Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) the company’s Alex Chu dropped a subtle hint that the device, which runs with the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, could receive positional tracking support in the future. Now Oculus VR has confirmed that is indeed working on adding positional tracking into the device.

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Oculus VR’s Jonathan Wright and J.M.P. Van Waveren confirmed as much during its ‘Getting Started with the Oculus Mobile SDK’ session at SDC. One attendee asked the pair if Gear VR could see positional tracking support, to which they replied that the team was ‘working on’ support but had nothing to announce at this time. It’s not clear if the company is planning a positional tracking solution for the current iteration of Gear VR or is referring to a later iteration of the kit, which is said to be receiving annual updates.

Positional tracking can currently be seen in the second development kit for the Oculus Rift PC HMD (DK2) as well as the Project Morpheus PlayStation 4 HMD. The concept involves a sensor following the position of the HMD itself to replicate head movements within a given VR experience. Sixense has already developed its own positional tracking solution for Gear VR using its STEM System motion controllers, which VRFocus was impressed by when sampled at SDC. Could we see a more official solution in the near future?

VRFocus is at SDC for its final day today and will be bringing you all of the latest updates on Gear VR. Stay tuned for more liveblogs on the VR industry and development as well as previews of the latest Gear VR experiences.