A few months ago, we heard the rumour that Samsung was ambitiously working on a virtual reality headset that would eventually be used with their own smartphones and tablets. Today, another piece of the puzzle falls into place with the name of the device, the Samsung Gear VR, being leaked and renders and a logo for the device showing up, courtesy of SamMobile. This information was also accompanied by a release date; the Samsung Gear VR will launch alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at IFA 2014 in September.
While we’re sure Samsung is perfectly capable of developing their own virtual reality technology, the Samsung Gear VR will actually be developed in collaboration with the best in the business: Oculus Rift. It’s reported that the Gear VR will adopt a similar approach to Google’s recently released Cardboard VR, using your own device docked within the headset to create your environment. That should ideally make the Gear VR quite affordable, much like Google Cardboard, however we don’t know how that lines up with Samsung’s idea of pricing. Probably the only thing that would make the Gear VR more attractive than Google’s offering is better apps at launch, but we’ll have to wait till September to see if it has what it takes.
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