Above: The VR versions of Strike Suit Zero for Oculus Rift.
Image Credit: Born Ready
It looks like virtual reality headsets are headed for the mainstream. Fast.
Samsung’s mobile division is now working on a VR headset, reports today say. The new product may be ready as soon as the end of the year. Samsung is trying to beat the Oculus Rift VR headset (now owned by Facebook) and Sony’s Project Morpheus to market, and it hopes to offer its headset at a lower price.
Irvine, California-based Oculus Rift touched off a wave of new interest in VR headsets for gaming and other pplications. VR headsets are nothing new, but Oculus Rift’s product actually works — well enough to give me vertigo when I tried it. It’s also really fun. The two screens in front of your eyes show slightly different video images, simulating the 3D effect, and a couple of sensors detect your head movements so that you feel like you’re moving around in space. In short, the roller coaster ride I viewed seemed a lot like the real thing.
Samsung reportedly has given prototypes of its new headset to a number of game developers. The prototypes are powered by existing Samsung Galaxy devices, but the fully-baked product that will go to market will be powered by as-yet unannounced Samsung devices.
The Oculus product is said to be built with a bunch of Samsung parts and has faced supply chain issues in the past. So it’s no huge surprise that Samsung executives would hand down the directive to its mobile division to take those parts and make a Samsung headset.
But the Korean giant will have a big job catching up with Oculus Rift. Oculus Rift has already gotten its product into the hands of game developers, thousands of whom are now developing games for the device. It also now has a lot of development and distribution money to work with, via its new owner Facebook.
Samsung Group is a South Korean multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul. It comprises numerous subsidiaries and affiliated businesses, most of them united under the Samsung brand, and is the largest Sout... read more »
Oculus VR™ was founded by Palmer Luckey, self-described virtual reality enthusiast and hardware geek. The company launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund development of their first product, the Oculus Rift, a ground-breaking vir... read more »