Samsung’s Gear VR virtual reality headset uses Galaxy Note 4 as screen
Of all electronics manufacturers, it’s Samsung that has recently made its presence felt in the world of Virtual Reality with the all new Gear VR. Developed in partnership with Oculus (Samsung handling hardware and Oculus providing software assistance) the Gear VR is a headset which lets Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 4 to be used as its screen to create an immersive 3D experience unlike we’ve seen before.
By simply plugging in the Galaxy Note 4 inside the Gear VR, you can make the head mounted display completely wireless – and powered by the phone. The Note 4 which works as the headset’s display provides it with a 5.7-inch, Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) Super AMOLED display that offers 96-degree field of view and 60Hz refresh rate.
Paired with an adjustable lens and a comfortable head strap the virtual reality machine will be available in beta “Innovator Edition” towards the fall this year (price not revealed yet). The innovative Gear VR comes with accelerometer and gyroscope to track head movement. So, even if you’re moving your head in the real world scenario, there will be no effect in the virtual mode.
The Gear VR, which measures only 198 x 116 x 90mm, features a square touchpad (for navigating menus and playing games), a back button and a volume rocker on its right side. Besides transforming the Note 4 into a virtual reality head mounted display, Gear VR allows you to use the phone camera to take images of items around you. Currently Samsung has collaborated with a handful of games and media experiences to go with the Gear VR.