Tablets, as we know them, are devices merely used for checking e-mail, social networking and playing apps. However, further developments are being made where mobile virtual reality is now turning into an actual reality. While most tech companies are active in enhancing their line of smartwatches, Samsung, one of the largest electronics company in the world, has ventured into another major new category: virtual reality headsets.
Announced last September, the popular tech company recently released their first ‘’next generation’’ wearable named Gear Virtual Reality headset, or Gear VR. It was a collaborative project between Samsung and Facebook’s Oculus VR specialists. The aforementioned Gear VR has an array of games and is mounted with VR movie viewing software.
Moreover, the VR headset doesn’t depend on computers or a gaming console to function. Instead, users slip a Galaxy Note 4 tablet into the $200 headset. According to Samsung, “Powered by Oculus technology, the Samsung Gear VR delivers a completely new way to experience and consume mobile content.”
Certainly, they are believed to be more concerned with building awareness in virtual-reality technology, and hope that early adopters will follow along.
What to Expect from Gear VR
The virtual reality headset’s hardware is said to be provided by Samsung, while its software is made by Oculus. It basically is designed with an optical lens with a 96-degree field of view. Having said that, wearing the device also offers a complete 360-degree generated three-dimensional image.
Furthermore, the headset is designed with multiple sensors including accelerator, geomagnetic and gyrometer. It even has adjustable features that can be manipulated by users who are either nearsighted or farsighted. This “Innovator Edition” is built with movie viewing software wherein watching a film using the Gear VR makes users feel like they’re at an actual cinema.
As aforementioned, the Gear VR exclusively relies on Galaxy Note 4 as it represents the baseline equipment required for the virtual reality to work. What works best with the VR headset are such tablets with superior specifications specifically its screen density and processing power. But for now, it only activates with the Galaxy Note 4.
The Korean consumer electronics giant has also partnered with a number of game developers to build up content for the gadget. Having said so, Gear VR users may enjoy some games for the system which includes the much anticipated Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Aside from that, users may also experience iMAX, Cirque du Solei and enjoy DreamWorks VR.
Further enhancements are also expected including its implementation of a service called Milk VR that is intended for apps and offers various channels for music, sports, and action. Until then, Gear VR users may download several apps via the Oculus store.
The Battle for Virtual Reality is on
Virtual reality is an area that has garnered excitement all throughout the world in the past few decades. Even though mainstream consumers don’t show enough indication of interest, several tech companies embarked on this particular project. In July, Facebook acquired Oculus for $2 billion while Sony is constantly pushing into VR with its Project Morpheus headset that is designed to be an extension to its PlayStation 4 video game console.
Given this yet another milestone for the tech industry, some developers believe that virtual reality is the next big thing in gaming after mobile. In fact, there are already mobile companies working on Android devices for virtual reality. Furthermore, game developers actually are already targeting wearables as an appealing platform for games.
The Gear VR headset is currently out for sale in the US market and will be sold to other countries early next year.
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