Report: Samsung VR headset leaked

Samsung's new VR unit looks awfully familiar in terms of color and design.

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As if the virtual reality war wasn't heating up enough between Sony's Project Morpheus and Oculus' Facebook-funded VR, some information has leaked about Samsung's entry in the market. For fans of the Virtual Boy, it's bound to look awfully familiar…

The information, leaked by SamMobile, indicates that the Samsung VR kit is actually a simple little headset that comfortably straps to anyone's sized head, and has interaction with a touch pad that appears to be on the right hand side of the unit. However, you may notice the color of the unit, as it's almost exactly the same shade of the bright red Virtual Boy unit that Nintendo introduced years ago. Only without the bulky controller and the annoying stand, of course.

The company reportedly intends to show off the Gear VR unit, as it's called at the moment, this September during the IFA 2014 trade show, complete with demos that show just what it's capable of.

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    July 9, 2014 9:05 AM

    Robert Workman posted a new article, Report: Samsung VR headset leaked.

    Samsung's new VR unit looks awfully familiar in terms of color and design.

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      July 9, 2014 9:14 AM

      It's VR. How different can the designs really be?

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        July 9, 2014 9:24 AM

        Considering this uses a an attached phone for the display and motion sensors I'd say "Very". Not to mention the interesting concept of using the phone camera to allow for virtually "removing" the headset to switch between seeing the real world and the app/game/etc. Plus the obvious extension of augmented reality combining the live video stream of your environment with rendered overlays.

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          July 9, 2014 9:41 AM

          I have no idea what you are saying, but VR devices all have to mount comfortably on your head. Thus they aren't going to vary wildly from model to model.

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            July 9, 2014 9:54 AM

            I think you're just using a different definition of "design". The end goal is of course basically the same, but how you achieve it (the technical] design) varies significantly. You seem to be more focused on just the final form factor ("look') design - in which case yes, they are very similar. But I don't really see that as important at all beyond the basic comfort you pointed out. None of them are going to be considered 'stylish', but they aren't supposed to be - they are functional.

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              July 9, 2014 9:55 AM

              WHY ARE YOU BOLDING ME

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                July 9, 2014 11:56 AM

                Geez, relax... formatting got messed up. Only the word "technical" was supposed to be bold.

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        July 9, 2014 12:29 PM

        I can't wait for the apple patent about having a VR on your head.

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      July 9, 2014 9:17 AM

      Cable free VR. I have high hopes for this aside from it probably being exclusive to Samsung devices.

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      July 9, 2014 9:28 AM

      And this quick adoption of VR hardware manufacturing is why Oculus doesn't want to be in the hardware business for very long.

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      July 9, 2014 9:44 AM

      I'm pretty tired of not being able to load shacknews.com. I wonder if it will ever be fixed for me.

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      July 9, 2014 10:27 AM

      I'm assuming it'll use MHL for input, as latency will be a bitch if it's wireless.

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      July 9, 2014 11:50 AM

      It's definitely a shade of red! Past that, I don't see the connection.

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      July 9, 2014 12:49 PM

      can sony get their shit together and launch their VR set? i would buy that in a heartbeat to play drive club and any gimmicky VR apps that may transport me to a beach in hawaii while i get sucked off on my couch.

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