Samsung Gear Virtual Reality headset launches this autumn

Samsung Gear VR

Samsung’s portable VR uses Oculus Rift tech and a Galaxy Note 4 for the display.

Samsung has revealed their Gear Virtual Reality headset, a new gadget that uses a Galaxy Note 4 smartphone as a tracking system and display.

The product has been developed with help from Virtual Reality champions Oculus Rift and will be available from the autumn in the shape of an Innovator Edition for developers and 'VR enthusiasts'.

In contrast to a prototype image leaked early this year (pictured below) the final product won’t include a ‘see-through button, originally planned to utilize the Galaxy 4’s rear camera to display a live feed to the user, although the side-mounted trackpad is to be included.

Samsung Gear VR prototype leak 

Oculus VR’s John Carmack highlighted in the company’s announcement that due to the scaled down tech with Samsung’s portable VR set there will be a lesser experience when compared to Oculus Rift desktop systems.

"At its very core, virtual reality is about being freed from the limitations of actual reality," Carmack said. "Carrying your virtual reality with you, and being able to jump into it whenever and wherever you want qualitatively changes the experience for the better.

"Experiencing mobile VR is like when you first tried a decent desktop VR experience - there is a sense that you are glimpsing something from the future. This is science fiction made real, and it's only just the beginning."

The Gear VR headset will release with some beta applications from Oculus, including Oculus Cinema - a virtual movie theatre, Oculus Home and Oculus 360 videos and photos. Apps from Samsung partners will also be included.

A number of games studios have announced they’ll be developing for the Gear VR, amongst them, Side-Kick Games, Ghost Machine VR, nDreams and AMA.

The latest DK2 Oculus Rift dev kits launched in July with the company hoping to have the first consumer version on the market by the end of 2015.

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