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Samsung Gear VR to be reportedly announced at IFA 2014

Jul 8 2014, 10:02pm CDT | by , in Rumors | Technology News

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Samsung Gear VR to be reportedly announced at IFA 2014

Samsung's upcoming virtual reality (VR) headset will be named Gear VR, Sammobile is reporting. Earlier this year, Engadget first reported about Samsung's headset, which is reportedly designed to undercut Sony's Project Morpheus and Oculus's Rift.

Ironically, Sammobile claims that Samsung is working with Oculus to perfect the headset's software, corroborating previous rumors that the Facebook-owned company is teaming up with the South Korean giant.

The Samsung Gear VR will reportedly be announced later this year at IFA 2014. Unlike other VR devices, Samsung's own toy will sport a modular design and will take advantage of the company's Galaxy phones.

The Gear VR will allegedly feature a smartphone dock, a trackpad, and a button that will activate the phone's front-facing camera. This way, users won't have to remove the headset, should they want to see the "real world."

The trackpad can be used to control the phone, Sammobile adds.

Compatible Galaxy phones can connect to the VR via USB 3.0. And, instead of using complex sensors, the VR headset will utilize the phone's accelerometer and gyroscope to deliver the VR experience.

Lastly, Samsung is said to be working on dedicated applications for the headset. The company is even planning to release an SDK of the device to interested developers. Samsung declined to comment on the report. 

Source: Sammobile

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