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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