Samsung’s Gear VR turned heads when the Korean manufacturer announced it earlier this month.
Facebook-bought Oculus VR teamed up with Samsung and provided the software for the Gear VR, but the company’s now got a new VR prototype of its own. The new VR headset is being called “Crescent Bay” for now, and from what we know, it’ll provide one top-notch virtual reality experience when it finally launches on the market.
The device has two new features for virtual reality lovers: 360-degree tracking and integrated audio. 360-degree tracking will provide an experience where you only recognize the world you’re in i.e. the world behind the headset. As for integrated audio, it seems as though you can now use the prototype without headphones although most individuals will likely prefer their own regardless.
Oculus showed off the new Crescent Bay prototype with the Unreal Engine 4. Oculus also announced its own Platform for which developers will be allowed to develop apps in the future. Samsung’s new Gear VR will become the development tool of choice so that developers can design apps for the Oculus Platform that’ll take advantage of the new prototype’s capabilities.
As for the Gear VR, Samsung plans to bring the new virtual reality headset to market by the end of the year, around the same time as the new Galaxy Note Edge – Samsung’s latest attempt to break away from traditional smartphones and try something different.
Samsung’s Gear VR headset will cost $199 at launch; we’ve been told by Samsung representatives, but Oculus Platform developers will get the most innovative headset on the market with which to develop apps for Oculus. The second-generation Oculus handset, called Crystal Cove, costs $350 currently.
Sony’s Morpheus headset has been rumored to arrive on the market at some point, but we’re still awaiting further details. Sony reported a $2.14 billion loss in its smartphone profit, an increase from the $460 million the Japanese handset maker initially reported. With smartphone losses so high, Sony is considering an array of options. Among them is Sony’s decision to bring the Xperia Z3 to US national carriers Sprint and Verizon in the upcoming quarters, but the Morpheus headset could be the key to the company’s declining sales.
Project Morpheus is currently 85% complete, and, if the name of the Project (Morpheus) means anything, Sony plans to make the “dreams” of PlayStation 4 fans come true.