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Report: Samsung and Oculus will launch co-developed ‘Gear VR’ headset at IFA 2014

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A new report today says Samsung and Oculus VR are definitely working on virtual reality headset, and that the new device will be launched at IFA 2014.

Sam Mobile says the headset will be called the Gear VR and will be announced “alongside the Galaxy Note 4, at IFA 2014.

The partnership between Samsung and Oculus was originally reported in May, but further details have not emerged until today.

The headset won’t be standalone. Rather, it will be a modular design that allows users to connect a Samsung mobile device using a USB 3.0 cable, Sam Mobile believes. And it uses the smartphone’s accelerometer, gyroscope and processing power to track the head motions of the owner of the device.

Oculus VR, which Facebook bought for $2 billion, is making its own headset, the Oculus Rift, while Samsung has separately been working on its technology.

The report says Samsung is developing the hardware of the device, but Samsung is cooperating with Oculus VR, makers of the Oculus Rift VR headset for gaming, to built the software.

Hat tip: Sam Mobile

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