South Korean electronics giant Samsung is doing a good job of keeping virtual reality (VR) fans guessing about the consumer version of its Gear VR mobile head-mounted display (HMD). Last week in New York City the company hosted its latest Unpacked press conference in which it revealed the Galaxy Note 5 enlarged phone. As a successor to the Gear VR-supported Galaxy Note 4, it was assumed that this new kit would be the one to support the still unrevealed consumer Gear VR. Now a new report is suggesting that this might not be the case.
Reddit user Mallmagician claims to have recently tried out the new phone at Samsung Thailand. According to their report, the Galaxy Note 5 would not fit into the Note 4 version of the Gear VR, which released back in December 2014 as an ‘Innovator’s Edition’. Mallmagician also noted that device didn’t feature any apps or services relating to Gear VR, VR, Samsung Gear VR or co-creator Oculus VR as seen in images taken by them. It certainly seems, then, that Samsung is not planning to make the handset compatible with a new model of the HMD.
All that said, this doesn’t come as too much of a surprise right now. Gear VR was completely absent from last week’s Unpacked event and, since then, Oculus VR CTO John Carmack has warned those interested in picking up a phone to support VR experiences should wait until the company’s Oculus Connect 2 developer conference. The show, which takes place from 23rd – 25th September 2015 at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood, California, could well play host to the reveal of the consumer Gear VR, then, along with new information about the consumer Oculus Rift.
VRFocus will continue to follow the consumer Gear VR closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.