This weekend sees the IFA 2015 consumer electronics show get underway in Berlin, Germany. There isn’t a great deal of virtual reality (VR) news expected to come out of the event, although Sony has already made a fleeting mention of its Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4. South Korean electronics giant Samsung is testing out a unique new experience for its Gear VR mobile HMD at the event, however. The company is offering those not at IFA a chance to attend virtually, a video of which can now be seen below.
Over the next few days a series of VR Experience Zones can be found across Berlin. Armed with a number of Gear VR units, these pop up stands allow viewers to visit a virtual booth of sorts that resembles the company’s real stand at the show. This includes sections for its latest TVs, home appliances and much more. The video below provides a quick look at the experience itself as well as gathering some reactions from those that sampled it at the Boulevard shopping centre, located not too far away from the show itself.
Samsung itself has been strangely quiet on Gear VR recently. Fans were expecting to see the company introduce a brand new, consumer-focused version of the device at last month’s Unpacked press event, but the show came and went without so much of a mention of it. There’s no need to fear, however; co-creator Oculus VR has recently confirmed that it will be providing an update on the device at Oculus Connect 2 later this month. With the Gear VR promised to be launching in full in the remainder of this year, it’s very likely that the consumer device will be shared here.
VRFocus will continue to follow Gear VR closely, reporting back with any further updates on the kit.