Samsung Gear VR, the so far unrivaled smartphone-powered headset may soon become Korean company’s tier-two virtual reality solution as reports have emerged that they are building a dedicated HMD to bring some competition to the HTC Vive and the likes.
Even though smartphone displays are packing more pixels, equipping mobile VR headsets with the tools to provide very decent viewing experiences, they don’t compare to dedicated VR such as the Vive and Oculus Rift. There’s also the issue of smartphones being near your nut for sustained periods making scrambled egg out of your brain cells..
I suspect Samsung aren’t too bothered about the scrambled egg thing, but being regarded as one of the top-quality VR contenders is likely to be high on their agenda. At a recent Samsung developers conference the tech mammoth’s head of R&D said: “We are working on wireless and dedicated VR devices, not necessarily working with our mobile phone.”
Like the best VR headsets currently available, the next-gen Samsung VR will include positional tracking, plus hand gesture tracking is also being explored. So far, dedicated VR headsets don’t come as wireless, although Optoma, a company known for producing video and audio products recently announced they’re venturing down the avenue of wireless VR.
Samsung and Optoma aren’t the only ones with High-end headsets in the pipeline. Reports emerged a few months back that Google are upping their VR efforts, and it looks like Apple are in the game as well.
There’s also Huawei, who recently announced they’re releasing a 3D audio HMD powered by their P9 smartphone to rival the Gear VR – better late than never I suppose.