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Samsung’s Gear VR Rumored to Launch This Fall at IFA

by Jacob Kleinman | July 8, 2014July 8, 2014 3:00 pm PST

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Back in May we learned Samsung was developing its own virtual reality headset, and even working directly with Oculus to develop the software. Now a new report from Sammobile is shedding a bit more light on the device, which it claims will be called the Gear VR.

The headset should fall somewhere between Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard, offering a high-tech design that still requires a smartphone to function. The Gear VR will apparently work with Samsung handsets, which slide into the front and connect via USB 3.0. The device would then work by tracking your head movement with a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope to create a virtual reality experience.

There’s a touchpad on the side and an exterior camera that can stream the real world for an augmented reality experience. The design also includes an elastic headband and padded cushions for added comfort.

The Gear VR will reportedly launch this September at IFA in Berlin, where Samsung is also expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 4. There’s still no word on pricing, but we’re guessing this first-generation VR headset won’t come cheap.


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...