If you wanted to get in on the desktop VR game today, you wouldn’t have a lot of options. While the mobile market seems to be incredibly saturated with Gear VR and Google Cardboard knockoffs, desktop VR is a hell of a lot harder to copy. High end components like those used in the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are difficult to source, and even more difficult to sell at a profitable rate. Because of this, consumers are essentially limited to the two expensive options currently on the market. Today however, Samsung made an announcement that could change that, adding an additional option for those looking to get in on the fun.
While we don’t have any information on the specifics, Samsung has officially confirmed that it is working on its own headset completely independent of Gear VR. While we can assume that the experience will be more premium than the smartphone-based sister, we still aren’t sure if it will live up to the likes of the Rift or the Vive. Will it be PC based? Independent of PC? Something else entirely? It’s really quite hard to speculate, but we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw something around the $300 – $450 range, which is what people assumed Rift would be before the consumer version was officially announced.
If this is the case, it could cause a lot more people to start looking into the technology, as the $600-800 price tag on current units is a hard pill for most consumers to swallow. AMD are reportedly working on a headset with integrated rendering technology, and with Samsung doing so well with processors the last couple of years, it would not be surprising at all to see them going a similar route. Though this wouldn’t deliver the absolute best experience people have ever seen, it would be a smart move, since consumers wouldn’t have to build high-end gaming PC’s to accompany their new purchase.
We’re hopeful that we will hear more about the project before the year comes to a close, and we’ll let you know as soon as we know more. What are you hoping to see from the tech giant?