×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Samsung Is Working On a Standalone Virtual Reality Headset

Samsung’s plans for virtual reality go beyond the company’s current Gear VR headset: The company is working on a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset that will incorporate positional tracking similar to the technologies now available on higher-end headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, revealed the company’s head of R&D for software and services Injong Rhee during the company’s developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday.

We are working on wireless and dedicated VR devices, not necessarily working with our mobile phone,” Rhee said. Some of the other features that Samsung is exploring for the next generation of VR headsets is hand and gesture tracking. However, Rhee cautioned that it may take a few more years before we see these kinds of features in devices from Samsung, or anyone else for that matter. “VR is amazing, but the industry is still at its infancy,” he said.

In the mean time, Samsung is looking to double down on Gear VR, its mobile VR headset that makes use of the company’s smart phones for display and computing. “We think 2016 is shaping up to be the year of VR,” said Samsung director of software development Andrew Dickerson, revealing that the company will release its previously announced Gear 360 camera this week. He still didn’t announce a price for the camera, but it is widely believed to cost $350 when it goes on sale this Friday.

Dickerson also said that Samsung is looking to make it easier to publish content filmed with Gear 360 and other VR cameras. He officially announced the VR Upload SDK, which Variety first reported earlier this week. This new SDK will allow camera makers to add the ability to upload content to Samsung’s Milk VR service directly to their own apps.

Dickerson also detailed new features to add interactivity to content published on Milk VR. With new upload editing tools, publishers will be able to add interactive trigger points to their own videos. Once viewers lock their gaze on such a trigger point, additional content gets unlocked — something that Samsung first premiered with its own serialized VR drama “Gone.”

Samsung’s plans for a standalone headset are intriguing, in part because it could potentially pit the company against its current partner Oculus, which developed the software platform that powers the Gear VR. However, it’s also possible that Oculus and its owner Facebook could become more of a platform operator, leaving it to Samsung and other company’s to build Oculus-powered headsets. In that case, both companies would be directly competing with Google, whose VR unit is reportedly also working on a standalone wireless headset.

 

More Digital

  • Velvet Buzzsaw trailer

    Netflix Original Movies: What to Look Forward To in 2019

    Following the biggest fourth-quarter worldwide subscriber gain ever and some controversy around increased prices in the U.S., Netflix looks to keep its momentum going into 2019. From Jan. 18 through March, the streaming site will release 10 original films, including action-packed thrillers, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi, quirky comedies, inspirational dramas, an artistic horror movie and a viral [...]

  • The Beatles Eight Days a Week

    Imagine's Documentary Arm Sets First-Look Pact With Apple (EXCLUSIVE)

    Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries has set a first-look pact with Apple to develop non-fiction features and series. The deal comes as Imagine is investing heavily in the premium non-fiction arena. The company in June recruited RadicalMedia veteran Justin Wilkes to head Imagine Documentaries as president. The deal suggests that Apple sees docu [...]

  • Walt Disney HQ LA

    Disney Unveils Financial Data for DTC Unit, Sets April 11 for Investor Presentation

    Disney has rejiggered its business segments for earnings reporting to make room for the new unit housing its global streaming operations. Disney on Friday released restated earnings for fiscal 2018, 2017 and 2016 to give investors and financial analysts better visibility into its spending on the launch of the Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and other [...]

  • Facebook Logo

    Release of Docs to Reveal How Facebook Made Money Off Children

    Documents related to a 2012 lawsuit against Facebook in which children, sometimes unwittingly, spent their parents’ money on games via the social site will be unsealed, according to a Monday ruling from the United States District Court. The court gave Facebook ten days to file unredacted documents in accordance with the ruling. The 2012 lawsuit [...]

  • Facebook Logo

    Facebook Sets Up New Product Group for AR Glasses (Report)

    Facebook has restructured its augmented and virtual reality research division and set up a new group tasked with building augmented reality (AR) glasses, according to a new Business Insider report. Facebook acknowledged the move in a statement given to the publication, saying that the move affected “a few hundred people.” The group has already built [...]

  • nba-the-bounce-logo

    NBA, Turner to Debut Three-Hour Primetime Live Studio Show on Yahoo Sports

    Coming next week: a new NBA primetime show — delivered over the internet — covering all the live action and storylines of the evening. The NBA is teaming with Turner Sports and Yahoo to produce a live nightly show designed for mobile viewers in a three-hour block, slated to run five nights per week on [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content