New report claims Samsung and Oculus teaming up for VR helmet development

Last week, Engadget reported that Samsung was developing its own virtual reality helmet that would be used with future versions of its smartphones and tablets. Now the site site is reporting, again citing unnamed sources, that Samsung is working with Oculus VR on their helmet.

The report claims Samsung will gain access to Oculus's SDK as a result of this partnership, while Samsung develops the hardware. In return, Oculus will be able to obtain OLED screens, which reportedly are higher than 1080p, from Samsung that the company could use to help develop its own gaming-themed VR helmet. Oculus VR is in the middle of being acquired by Facebook.

Samsung's VR helmet will connect to a port on a future smartphone to use the phone's screen directly, according to Engadget's sources. It also claims it will be used as a media player, but while there are VR games that are being developed for the device, the report says it may not ship with a gamepad. The idea is to make the product as attractive to as large of an audience as possible, instead of just to early technology adopters.

Engadget's report still makes it sound like Samsung's VR helmet is still in the early stages of development and as such changes can, and most likely, will be made before it is launched. The story did not give an idea of when Samsung's product will be officially announced, much less released.

Source: Engadget | Image via Oculus VR

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Getting Samsung Access to the VR will probably just result in a Samsung Version in a few years with badly coded software supporting it

I just don't think Ocolus is a good product at all. the only application I can see is for stationary use perhaps medical purposes. google glass has future because you look smart wearing it. this one you look dumb (almost like a zobmie)

trojan_market said,
I just don't think Ocolus is a good product at all. the only application I can see is for stationary use perhaps medical purposes. google glass has future because you look smart wearing it. this one you look dumb (almost like a zobmie)

Look smart wearing it? Well, that's news to me...

rfirth said,
Google Glass and Oculus VR are two completely different products.

can you tell me what is Oculus is good for? imagin people wearing it and mumbling around. it would be a zombie apocalypse. perhaps they can brainwash people as well with this.

trojan_market said,

can you tell me what is Oculus is good for? imagin people wearing it and mumbling around. it would be a zombie apocalypse. perhaps they can brainwash people as well with this.

It's not for walking around town. It's for more immersive experiences than you could achieve with Google Glass. It's a great product for that market segment.

Google Glass is for light usage with subtle overlays. It's for augmenting reality, not substituting it. That's why Glass only covers one eye and Oculus covers both.

rfirth said,

Google Glass is for light usage with subtle overlays. It's for augmenting reality, not substituting it. That's why Glass only covers one eye and Oculus covers both.

don't you need at least one eye to see outside world? you know because you have to see whats going on around you. and this "immersive experience" you talking about, except for gaming assuming you are completely stationary and just turn your head. what other usage it has?

trojan_market said,

don't you need at least one eye to see outside world? you know because you have to see whats going on around you. and this "immersive experience" you talking about, except for gaming assuming you are completely stationary and just turn your head. what other usage it has?

Oculus is the company, Rift is the product. It was designed with gaming as it's primary function. I presume Samsung envision using Oculus' VR tech for the same purpose, only a portable version. It doesn't need to be good for anything else. Though I can see it being used for teleconferencing, virtual tours, all sorts of stuff. Just use your imagination. One day that massive thing you see now will be a contact lens, or implant. It may not be your cup of tea, but that's where the future is headed.

trojan_market said,

don't you need at least one eye to see outside world? you know because you have to see whats going on around you. and this "immersive experience" you talking about, except for gaming assuming you are completely stationary and just turn your head. what other usage it has?

Congratulations, you're saying the sort of thing somebody is always around to say about some new technology with limited immediate application.

It's third parties that end up widening a technology's market by pushing its use in directions the original company couldn't foresee. It isn't up to Oculus to figure out all the possible uses for Rift and VR headgear. As long as it's accessible to developers, ideas will come, and history has shown us that the average person is unlikely to predict what will happen next.

So if nothing else, don't be so sure of your own opinion. Odds are always higher that we don't have enough information to ever really have meaningful confidence in our opinions.

Joshie said,

Congratulations, you're saying the sort of thing somebody is always around to say about some new technology with limited immediate application.

It's third parties that end up widening a technology's market by pushing its use in directions the original company couldn't foresee. It isn't up to Oculus to figure out all the possible uses for Rift and VR headgear. As long as it's accessible to developers, ideas will come, and history has shown us that the average person is unlikely to predict what will happen next.

So if nothing else, don't be so sure of your own opinion. Odds are always higher that we don't have enough information to ever really have meaningful confidence in our opinions.


I am a technology lover. I was a fan of Google glass even when everyone was making fun of it. But there is a fine line between something that make sense and something that doesnt . right?