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Samsung Reportedly Demos “Standalone” VR Headsets @ MWC 2017

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Samsung Reportedly Demos “Standalone” VR Headsets @ MWC 2017

Paul Briden 02/03/2017 - 3:31pm

Samsung could also be readying standalone, devoted VR headsets and not using a phone or PC tethering required

By way of now you are most certainly conversant in Samsung's Equipment VR headsets; digital fact headset hardware designed to accomodate Samsung's Galaxy smartphones to ship a VR exprience at once on your eyeballs.

Then again, in keeping with a document from PC World, Samsung used to be demoing stand-alone VR headsets at MWC 2017 - at the back of closed doorways, in fact, the general public and press did not get a glance in. Just like the Galaxy S8, which used to be additionally allegedly in attendance, the units appear to have been showcased to make a choice Samsung companions. The headsets are reportedly powered by way of Samsung's newly introduced Exynos 8895 processor, that is the 10nm FinFET chip which is analogous in some ways to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 (additionally manufactured by way of Samsung).

VR continues to be a creating software class, however because it stands there are necessarily two kinds of VR headset (now not counting Augmented Fact, or AR). The only sort comprises the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, and a drawing close tool from LG and Valve teaming up; those units are powered via full-blown gaming PCs value hundreds of kilos.

The opposite form of software is like the prevailing Samsung Equipment VR, Google's Daydream View, and an in-development software from HTC, all of which use phone's slotted in entrance of the eyes in order that the handset show is used for the VR, whilst the phone processor does the lifting paintings of operating apps and video games.

Whilst the latter is definitely extra out there to a broader pool of customers than the previous, which is in large part a distinct segment marketplace for hardcore techies and players, each are significantly much less available than simply straight-up purchasing a tool that runs proper out the field by itself. The Exynos 8895 could also be packing a devoted visible processing unit which is tweaked in particular for VR  programs.

It is believable that Samsung's standalone headsets have been meant extra to show off the Exynos chip than essentially confirming they are going to be prepped for marketplace, then again, it is a tantalising risk however.

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