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Samsung Launches Virtual Reality Headset For Galaxy Note 4 24

An anonymous reader writes Samsung has launched a virtual reality headset called Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition. It uses the new Galaxy Note 4 for a screen and technology from Oculus VR. The headset comes with four visual settings that simulate experiences such as sitting in a theater or being on stage. Despite partnering with Oculus, the Gear VR won't run Oculus apps, but Samsung says porting titles over shouldn't be too hard. From the article: "This is Oculus' first consumer product and, bizarrely, it's on a Samsung device. Oculus VR CTO John Carmack personally led the mobile software development team at Oculus, and the software interface is all built in collaboration with Samsung. It's basic: Point a reticle in the middle of the screen at what you want to select and tap the touchpad to select it. The options are sparse and base level, and the only content management that exists right now is a store of sorts. It looks like the Google Play store to an extent, except it's floating in space.
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Samsung Launches Virtual Reality Headset For Galaxy Note 4

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  • It's still 6-10 months before any facebook buyout related applications/tech should start to show up. So this is all still "startup trying to find its feet" exploration. We can't yet blame zuckerberg for any nonsense of this sort that occurs.

    • For one to call this 'nonsense' might be a tad unfair. This has some value. I personally want the equipment geared better for interactive gaming, but for non-gaming applications this could fit the bill fine (note they didn't even pretend to show a game, for good reason).

      This may be related to the facebook acquisition. It might have been pre-deal influence by Facebook or the thing Facebook found out to make them buy Oculus. I could see facebook betting a bit more money on laying claim to a company that s

      • I call it nonsense because there's a real limitation to trying to use a touchscreen with a VR device over your eyes. It's petty, but I just found it rather silly.

        • by Junta ( 36770 )

          Well technically the DK2 also has a touchscreen controller... There it's even sillier because it's never to be used and just on there since it's more trouble to rip it off than to leave it in the Samsung phablet part that's in there today.

          At least here the device can be pulled out and used independent of the headset, so it makes more sense.

          As a 50 dollar accessory for a note 4, it would be within the realm of reason. More than that and they are insane.

          If I were in the market for a phone right now and the p

          • Okay, I'm going to pull an Internet impossibility and change my mind based on your perfectly reasonable assertions.

      • I personally want the equipment geared better for interactive gaming

        What is wrong with this for interactive gaming? The list of what they did makes it look very well suited for gaming:

        • Enabling real time scheduled multithreaded application processes at guaranteed clock rates
        • Context prioritized GPU rendering, enabling asynchronous time warp
        • Facilitating completely unbuffered display surfaces for minimal latency
        • Supporting low-persistence display mode for improved comfort, visual stability, and re
  • With that device in that contraption and strapped to my head?

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