Remember when we mentioned Samsung's possible Oculus Rift rival headset? The photographic evidence has apparently surfaced in a new leak and we must say it doesn't look half bad at all.
The VR headset will likely be announced alongside the next version of the Galaxy Note at the upcoming IFA 2014, say sources and it will called "Gear VR". Unlike the Oculus Rift, though, the device is not meant to be standalone but is instead meant to complement other Samsung devices. The modular design will allow other Galaxy device to be connected via a USB 3.0 connection and it is unlikely to work with other competing brands or at least, not without workarounds.
Another Galaxy accessory, it seems
What else can be expected from Gear VR? The device will rely on a Galaxy phone's accelerometer, gyroscope and processing power to track head motion which means it does not in itself have the capacity to simulate VR as it has no onboard sensors of its own.It does have a rear-facing camera sensor to allow users to see what's outside the headset without needing to remove it and a touchpad to control the headset's user interface via the Galaxy smartphone OS.
Oculus VR will be helping out wit the software though the hardware is all Samsung's. Expect a new batch of Samsung apps as well, while developers can also look forward to the SDK being released soon after the Gear VR is announced.
If you're not a Samsung user, perhaps you might console yourself by making a Google Cardboard VR for cheap. Warning: we tried it and it's not quite as easy as it looks.
Or you could just save up for an Oculus as the makers told us it will be sold for pretty much cost price.
Is it any good? We did try it out for size if you were wondering.