Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 won't be the only hot device on tap for the gadget maker's upcoming multi-city press event ahead of IFA Berlin. The company's rumored virtual reality headset also looks like a strong contender for at least a demonstration.
Following similar reports from SamMobile and Engadget in early July, The Verge recently reported that Samsung will show its VR headset during the company's Unpacked event on September 3. The device, expected to be called Gear VR, isn't like the Oculus Rift, which is a complete virtual reality device designed primarily for PC gaming.
Instead, Samsung's headset is akin to Google Cardboard--a DIY VR headset powered by your smartphone. Similarly, the Gear VR will be a smartphone accessory that uses a Galaxy handset for its display, processing power, motion sensors, and camera.
The recent Verge report also offers the first real image (or at least purported image) of the Gear VR. The photo shows the actual headgear, the snap-on case for the smartphone, as well as a handheld wireless game controller. The leaked image includes a Galaxy S5, which has a 5.1-inch screen. It's not clear if other Galaxy devices will be compatible with Samsung's headset. Like, say, a shiny new Galaxy Note 4.
Although the Gear VR is technically a rumor, it's all but certain that Samsung is working on the device. Details about the Gear VR have been rolling out since May when it first popped up in the rumor mill courtesy of Engadget. A week after its initial Gear VR report, Engadget added further details reporting that Facebook-owned Oculus VR created the software for Samsung's device.
Then in mid-June Samsung applied to trademark the term "Gear VR" with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Based on the July reports, the Gear VR will have a touch pad near the user's right temple for device navigation, as well as a back button for toggling between a camera and "VR world" view. Due to the shooting angle, neither feature can be seen in the recent image supplied by The Verge.
The Gear VR reportedly won't have what it takes for augmented reality applications. The camera view is apparently just a quick and dirty way for users to view their immediate surroundings.
There are no details on pricing yet or when the Gear VR might be available on store shelves.