No wires attached.
Samsung announced the Gear VR, the next wearable VR device –– and it's powered by Oculus, the company at the forefront of virtual reality.
The Gear VR is powered by the Galaxy Note 4 for all of its display abilities. It's also completely wireless, and focused on delivering a cinematic experience for users, along with games and videos. Samsung said the Gear VR will be available later this fall, although a specific date and price have yet to be announced.
The Note 4 snaps into the VR device, in front of 3D dual lenses, creating the immersive effect. A back button, touch pad and volume key also adorn the surface of the Gear VR. Samsung said the device will come pre-loaded with a collection of 360 degree videos and 3D movie trailers from a number of studios, for early adopters.
On its blog, Oculus said it has been collaborating with Samsung on Gear VR for the last 12 months, in which time it was bought by Facebook for $2 billion. Gear VR began as a project under Oculus CTO John Carmack to see if VR could be brought to modern mobile devices, and with the reveal today, it appears their labors produced some fruit.
The initial release of the Gear VR will be the Innovator Edition, an early access, beta version designed for developers and fans interested in trying it before it becomes a final consumer product.
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