Samsung Announces Virtual Reality Headset “Gear VR”

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During Samsung’s Unpacked event at IFA 2014 today Samsung announced a new virtual relativity headset called the “Gear VR”. This is basically a pair of goggles which let you use your Note 4 to give an experience somewhat like the Oculus Rift.

We’ve already seen this idea in the form of Google Cardboard but this is a little more polished on the hardware end and you don’t have to make it yourself. It is also only for the Note 4 and likely a lot more expensive.

This device was actually built-in collaboration between Samsung and Oculus and is designed to “create an immersive new dimension of mobile life”.

Specs

  • Optical Lens with 96° Field of View

  • Accelerator, Gyrometer, Magnetic and Proximity Sensors
  • Motion to Photon Latency: <20ms
  • Focal adjustment to cover near and short sightedness
  • Touch Pad, Back Button, Volume Key
  • MicroUSB 1.1 (for connection to Galaxy Note 4)
  • Headset Dimensions: 198(W) x 116(L) x 90(H)mm
  • Box Contents: MicroSD Card (16GB), Gear VR

This is one of those things which is much better seen than explained. As we are not at IFA 2014 we have not been able to have any hands on time with the Gear VR yet so here is a video clip from the event’s live stream so you can see what it is like:

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We also thought you’d appreciate some pictures to see it up nice a close so here you go!

For further information we have also included the full press release from Samsung below:

Berlin, Germany – September 3, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced the next generation in wearable technology, the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition, enabling users to fully immerse themselves in a cinematic virtual reality environment. Powered by Oculus technology, the Samsung Gear VR delivers a completely new way to experience and consume mobile content. It continues Samsung’s leadership in the wearable category through innovative technology and compelling design to expand the definition of mobile life.

The result of a deep and integrated partnership with Oculus, a Facebook company and a leader in virtual reality technology, the Samsung Gear VR creates an immersive mobile virtual reality experience that the industry has never seen before.

“The Samsung Gear VR goes far beyond expectations of how mobile technology can be used to consume content, and is a powerful representation of the progressive innovation of the Gear series,” said JK Shin, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “We are pleased to have partnered with Oculus VR to bring this incredibly immersive mobile content experience to consumers.”

“We are thrilled to reveal the Gear VR Innovator Edition, a state-of-the-art mobile VR experience powered by Oculus,” said John Carmack, CTO of Oculus.  “The deep technical partnership with Samsung has enabled us to create a virtual reality headset with world-class resolution and performance, all on a completely mobile platform.”

The Samsung Gear VR delivers an unrivaled viewing experience with the 5.7 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy Note 4 providing stunning and engaging visuals at a mobile-leading resolution. With the Gear VR Innovator Edition, users can sit in the best seat of a theater, can be on-stage of a performance with full 360 3D video, and can enjoy gaming like it’s never been seen before – inside the stunning worlds where imagination becomes reality. Samsung’s industry leading Super AMOLED display technology and cutting-edge Oculus-driven technologies fuse to create an experience that surprises and delights – all on a mobile device.

Built with soft, flexible cushioning and lightweight materials, the Samsung Gear VR is comfortable to wear. It is completely wireless, so users can be fully engaged in virtual worlds without being tethered to a computer. With a robust selection of optimized virtual reality content from a wide range of top-tier creators, users will be able to enjoy a wide range of film, gaming, 360 degree video, and educational/experiential content.

The Samsung Gear VR will be available in Frost White through the Samsung online channel and selectively by carriers this year. Full details and product images are available at www.samsungmobilepress.com and www.oculus.com/blog/

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