Persevering with to push its established cellular VR enterprise—not too long ago revealing its flagship Galaxy S8 smartphones help and an updated Gear VR with controller—Samsung has once more confirmed it has extra highly effective VR hardware up its sleeve. Excessive-end, standalone VR headsets from Samsung are nonetheless in development, based on a report by CNET.
Throughout an interview in South Korea simply earlier than the Galaxy S8 launch, Lee Younger-hee, government vice chairman of world advertising and marketing for Samsung cellular, confirmed high-end, standalone headset is “still under construction”. It’s unclear whether or not the device might be tethered to a PC, however it’s focusing on “media producers and pro gamers”, so it definitely appears like a device with aspirations to compete in opposition to the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.
This isn’t the primary time we’ve heard a couple of high-end VR headset from Samsung. Having collaborated with Oculus from an early stage within the Rift’s development, the expertise large has hinted at bold plans for VR over current years, and not too long ago showcased new VR/AR experiments at MWC. Based on a report by PCWorld, prototype headsets have been proven behind closed doorways on the Barcelona event, showcasing the efficiency of their new 10nm Exynos 9 chips. Can a cellular chip ship VR experiences akin to these rendered on a high-end PC?
In April 2016, Injong Rhee, head of R&D for software and companies confirmed the development of a standalone VR headset with positional monitoring, and evidence of the ‘Odyssey’ gaming brand being associated with VR surfaced in July. Throughout final yr’s Samsung Builders Convention, Rhee mentioned the vision of Samsung’s future VR hardware, calling out 4 key factors – movement monitoring, untethered, contact, and a ‘holodeck experience’.
“We’ve got two tracks” for VR, mentioned Lee Younger-hee within the build-up to the Galaxy S8 launch. “First of all, let’s democratize this new demand … [and] make it part of our smartphone experience.”
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