Samsung’s Gear VR is official and boy does it look cool. The company just announced the product, which was developed with help from Oculus, during its Unpacked press conference at IFA 2014 in Berlin.
It works similar to Google Cardboard in that it uses a smartphone screen to create the virtual reality experience when you’re wearing the device. Unfortunately, it’s super limited right now because it apparently only works with the Galaxy Note 4, and not Samsung’s existing family of smartphone devices.
It’s a bit more advanced than Google Cardboard and includes a built-in touch pad for navigation. The device allows for a virtual experience through videos and gaming now, but Samsung will open up the headset’s features to developers which means there may be untapped use-cases for the device. Additionally, Samsung will sell the device with a special gamepad.
Look for the Gear VR this fall when it launches, likely, in tandem with the Galaxy Note 4.