Oculus’ TGS Booth Suggests THETA Viewer Coming to Gear VR

The 2015 Tokyo Game Show (TGS) is well underway in Japan this week and, while Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has stolen the big virtual reality (VR) headlines, Oculus VR is also present showcasing both the Oculus Rift and Gear VR head-mounted displays (HMDs). The company isn’t expected to make any new announcements at the show given that it’s anticipated Oculus Connect developer conference is now less than a week away, but it appears that some new software for Gear VR, a mobile device made in partnership with Samsung, is at the event.

Shuhei Yoshida, SCE’s Head of Worldwide Studios, seemed to reveal as much this week when visiting Oculus VR’s booth on the TGS show floor. It’s not uncommon to see VR developers and fans working for specific companies testing out their future competitor’s tech, and today Yoshida seemed to be trying the Gear VR with what he called the ‘THETA Viewer’. As translated by Google, a tweet from the executive reads: “At GOROman san and Oculus booth. Gear VR THETA viewer can enjoy the insanely easy panorama. VR official experience required!”

In an image attached to the tweet, Yoshida can be seen holding the Ricoh Theta, a consumer-level, handheld 360 degree camera. The spherical content this device captures is already known to be compatible with Gear VR’s standard 360 degree media viewers, but Yoshida’s tweet seems to suggest that a dedicated version from the company is incoming. No other details were confirmed, but it appears that TGS attendees are able to sample this experience for themselves at Oculus VR’s booth.

VRFocus will continue to follow any and all updates for Gear VR, reporting back with the latest updates on them.