Samsung has revealed that it’s working on an alternative to the Gear VR, which won’t require users to own a Samsung phone in order to operate. Details about its next VR headset are currently scarce, but the company’s head of R&D for software and services, Injong Rhee, said it would feature positional tracking and potentially hand- and gesture- tracking too, as current VR darlings Oculus Rift and HTC Vive already do.
You can interact with your virtual surroundings while using a Vive or Rift, but the same can’t be said for the Gear VR. The headset allows you to look around… but that’s essentially it. “We are working on wireless and dedicated VR devices, not necessarily working with our mobile phone,” said Rhee. “VR is amazing, but the industry is still at its infancy.”
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However, there's no word yet on how it'll work. Will it have to be tethered to a PC? Will it be completely wire-free? There are major questions that need answering. Interestingly, the move would pit the South Korean giant directly against Oculus, one of its key partners, which developed the software platform that powers the Gear VR. Oh to be a fly on the wall of Palmer Luckey's office right now. [Variety]