Earlier this month we got a peek at what may be the Samsung Gear VR, a virtual reality headset that uses a Galaxy smartphone to track head motion and offer an immersive experience. Samsung hasn’t said anything official regarding the device, but today a new leak has surfaced that gives more support to the Gear VR’s existence.
SamMobile has posted several screenshots of the Samsung Gear VR Manager app, which will help a user get prepared to use the Gear VR headset. While it’s not possible to use some of the base Gear VR apps like VR Panorama and VR Cinema, the app does give us a preview of the Gear VR and its features.
The Gear VR Manager app shows that the Gear VR unit will indeed look like the device that leaked out earlier this month, complete with a black piece that covers the users eyes, a strap around back and a touch pad on its side. We can also see that the Galaxy smartphone will dock in the front of the Gear VR headset and that the unit supports S Voice and allows users to easily jump out of the “VR world” and see what’s actually going on in front of them by long-pressing the unit’s back button.
It’s said that Samsung is collaborating with Oculus VR on the Gear VR and that an official announcement for the device could come at IFA in early September. There’s no word yet on how much the Gear VR might cost, but because it relies on a Galaxy device for its screen and immersion, hopefully the device will be fairly easy on the wallet.