Samsung VR headset coming to tackle Facebook's Oculus Rift and Sony's Morpheus
Samsung is reportedly working on a virtual reality headset that aims to beat Facebook's Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus to market. It also aims to undercut them in price.
This news comes from sources of Engadget who claim developers are already working on the headsets from Samsung. To be clear these aren't the Samsung Galaxy Glass headsets which are rumoured to be for wearing out. The Samsung VR headset will likely be wired and worn at home for immersive gaming, responding to head movements of the player.
Sources say the headset has two OLED screens that are as good as or better than the second Oculus Rift dev kit. That had a 960 x 1080 resolution screen per eye with varying refresh rate options and low persistence for blur and judder free video.
Samsung apparently wants to get its VR headset to market first and sell it for the lowest price. We imagine it will still be fairly pricing. However the processing is done in the mobile device the headset is connected to, so that saves some costs. The level of device it will work with is above current flagship models like the S5, perhaps the S5 Prime then? The VR headset won't run on Tizen like some of Samsung's other peripheral devices.
When the first VR headsets for mobiles arrive it will be the chance for the first company to say they created a new sector, something Samsung enjoys. We're not holding out hope for great quality from the first VR headset, or many games to go with it, but it's still exciting to hear this sector should be coming soon.