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Samsung Taps Oculus for Help on VR Headset, Report Says

by Jacob Kleinman | May 30, 2014May 30, 2014 7:00 pm PST

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When the news first broke that Samsung was working on an Oculus Rift clone we assumed the South Korean country was racing to beat the competition to market with a virtual reality headset of its own. However, it turns out Samsung may actually be working closely with Oculus to develop its VR device, at least according to a new report from Engadget.

The two companies have reportedly entered into a new partnership, with Oculus offering early access to its software development kit in return for Samsung’s next-generation OLED displays. Both companies are still working on their own devices however, and plan to offer significantly different virtual reality experiences. Engadget also notes that Samsung is eager to launch its VR product as soon as possible while Oculus prefers to take its time in order to perfect the consumer-facing device.

Samsung’s VR headset could also feature a drastically different design compared to the Oculus Rift. The Mobile-focused device apparently won’t come with its own screen. Instead you’ll slide your Galaxy S5 or a future smartphone into the headset to activate it. The biggest advantage to this set-up is that you can apparently use your phone’s rear camera to keep an eye on the real world even while you’re immersed in a virtual one. However, Engadget notes that Samsung’s technology isn’t fast enough to offer true augmented reality just yet.

Samsung’s device will offer the ability to play mobile games with support from a gamepad and you’ll also be able to watch videos on the headset. It seems like pretty much anything you can do on your smartphone could potentially transfer to virtual reality, ranging from social media to browsing the Internet. With Oculus on board we’re pretty excited to see what Samsung’s VR headset can do, though there’s still no word on when this device will actually hit the market.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...