Virtual Reality is going to be one of, if not, the biggest thing to happen to gaming, but we know with Facebook's acquisition of Oculus Rift that this new wave of tech won't be constrained to just gaming.
Today we are seeing just that, with the long-rumoured collaboration between Oculus and Samsung now confirmed by both companies in a recent press event in Berlin, which revealed the "Samsung Gear VR" smartphone device. "Samsung Gear VR delivers an unrivaled viewing experience with the 5.7-inch quad HD Super AMOLED display of Galaxy Note 4 providing stunning and engaging visuals at a mobile-leading resolution," the statement said.
"With the Gear VR Innovator's 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 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."
We already know that the Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 utilises a Samsung Note 3 screen, so a completely self-contained VR headset powered by the Galaxy Note 4 makes even more sense. Even better is that the device is powered completely by the phone, no cords or standalone computer needed. A 60fps pass-through camera will also be included for those wanting to see their surroundings while wearing the device.
The biggest one-up the device has for proving VR is possible in all forms of entertainment is its bundled software. It will come pre-loaded with Avengers: Age of Ultron (the next movie in the series for those not in the know) and Pacific Rim VR content, plus the ability to view video and movie trailer in virtual movie theaters. Games are also planned, including Darknet and Protocol Zero.
The device will give wearers a 96 degree field of view, and will connect through to the Galaxy Note 4 via a micro-USB connection. No pricing or release date for the hardware was given, but if Samsung wants this to succeed in the public it will need to be aggressive. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!