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Samsung Gear VR release date, price and specs: Is this Samsung's answer to the Oculus Rift?

Marie Brewis | July 10, 2014
Samsung has its hands in all sorts of pies - too many pies, some might suggest - so it was no surprise to learn in May from Engadget that it was working on a virtual reality headset that would launch in 2014.

Samsung has its hands in all sorts of pies - too many pies, some might suggest - so it was no surprise to learn in May from Engadget that it was working on a virtual reality headset that would launch in 2014.

Samsung Gear VR release date

Samsung is said to be hurrying along development of its Gear VR in order to not fall behind rivals such as the Oculus Rift (also see: Oculus Rift release date, price and specs), and the Gear VR will be released this year.

According to a source close to Samsung early versions of the Gear VR are already with developers.

SamMobile today reports that the Gear VR will be unveiled alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at September's IFA tradeshow. Also see: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date, price and specs

Samsung Gear VR price

Although no pricing has been confirmed for the Samsung Gear VR, the fact that it doesn't use sensors built into the device itself but those of a docked smartphone means Samsung should be able to keep down costs and undercut its rivals.

We will update this article with pricing information as soon as it is available, so keep us bookmarked.

Samsung Gear VR specs

The Gear VR is a virtual reality headset that works only with high-end Samsung devices, for example the Note 3 and Galaxy S5, which are docked via USB 3.0.

The virtual reality effect is possible through head-tracking using the docked smartphone's accelerometer, gyroscope and processing power.

The Gear VR has an OLED display and runs the Tizen OS. And on the subject of Tizen devices, also see: 12 most useless gadgets of all time.

According to SamMobile the Gear VR has an elastic headband and soft padded cushions to make it comfortable to wear. On the right side is a clear button which allows the docked smartphone's camera to provide a clear view of the real world. A touchpad here also lets you use the smartphone while it is docked.

The software is said to be being developed with the help of Oculus VR. You can expect to see dedicated Samsung apps for the Gear VR. At first only apps such as Theatre, 360 Player and Gallery will be available, but the SDK will be made available to third-party developers soon after its launch.

 

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