Samsung to release virtual reality headset
The Gear VR will be launched at IFA 2014
Samsung will announce a virtual reality headset called the "Gear VR" at global trade show, IFA 2014 according to a report from SamMobile.com.
The report stated that instead of making a completely standalone virtual reality headset, Samsung has developed a modular design, which allows the user to dock in a Galaxy device into the Gear VR using USB 3.0.
On the right side of the Gear VR, there is a see-through button, which uses the smartphone's rear-facing camera sensor to supply the user with a video feed of the real outside world meaning that the user won't need to remove and wear the headset again and again, which according to SamMobile, will make the overall experience of wearing the headset easier than alternatives from Oculus or Sony.
There is also a touchpad located directly under the see-through button, which will allow users to navigate through the user interface on the Galaxy smartphone.
The hardware of the device is being developed by Samsung alone, but the software is being developed in cooperation with Oculus VR, makers of the Oculus Rift VR headset for gaming.
Samsung will be dedicating an entire section of Samsung Apps for Gear VR, apps such as Theatre, 360 Player, and Gallery will be made available, and Samsung will also be making the Gear VR's SDK available to developers shortly after the announcement.
The Galaxy Note 4 is also said to be launching at IFA 2014 will be held on 5-10 September in Berlin.