Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset unleashed at IFA 2014
At the UNPACKED Episode 2 event in Berlin, Samsung not only launched two phablets, the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge, but it also took the wraps of its first ever VR headset. The device dubbed Samsung Gear VR was unveiled at the event on Wednesday. To launch this device, Samsung partnered with Oculus, a firm behind the Oculus Rift headset and the hardware is from Samsung, while the technical and software aspects are contributed by Oculus.
Functioning on a similar concept as the Google Cardboard, Google’s affordable VR headset launched at the Google I/O, the Gear VR combines with the Galaxy Note 4. It features a light weight build and is comfortable to wear with soft cushioning. The VR headset can provide the users of Galaxy Note 4 with a superior music and gaming experience on their phablets.
Furthermore, the VR Headset includes a side trackpad that is responsible during navigation and in gaming. The device also flaunts volume and back buttons that facilitate in controlling it. Also, there are accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass sensors onboard the headset. Unlike the Oculus Rift or Sony’s Morpheus, the Gear VR is wireless and it provides a 96-degree field of view and a refresh rate of 60 Hz.
Samsung has not revealed the official pricing of its virtual reality headset, but it is expected to be launched alongside the Galaxy Note 4. The Samsung Gear VR will be available in Frost White through the Samsung online channel and selectively by carriers this year. You can read more about the Gear VR from here.