A slew of recent reports have suggested Samsung is working with Oculus to develop its own virtual reality headset. Now an iFixit teardown of the latest Oculus Rift developer model appears to confirm the two companies are working together on something. The group discovered Samsung’s OLED display built-into the VR device.
Under the hood, the Oculus Rift second-generation developer kit actually uses a Galaxy Note 3 display as its screen. It looks like Samsung is literally grabbing these OLED panels off the assembly line and shipping them straight to Oculus. So what’s the South Korean company getting in return? According to multiple rumors, Samsung received early access to the Oculus software development kit, which it’s using to develop a virtual reality headset of its own. The Gear VR is expected to launch this September alongside the Galaxy Note 4.
Beyond the Oculus Rift display, iFixit tore through the rest of the headset and came away impressed. The headset earned a 9 out of 10 for repairability thanks to its use of standard Phillips screws and streamlined cable placement. The decision to use a Galaxy Note 3 OLED panel also means it should be pretty easy to replace the screen if it breaks, though it’s possible the company’s first mass market model could be a bit tougher to repair.