Samsung 2nd-Gen Gear VR Draws Inspiration From Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

  • Mary Heart , Design & Trend
  • Jul, 31, 2016, 10:18 PM
Samsung Gear
(Photo : Getty Images/Charley Gallay ) Samsung is launching its second-generation Gear VR headset alongside the Galaxy Note 7.

Apart from the Samsung Galaxy Note7, the South Korea tech giant is also launching the second iteration of its Gear VR headset during its Unpacked event this Tuesday. 

Leaks about the device claim that it is going to be bigger than its predecessor, because it will be sporting a wider field-of-view.

The first-generation headset only sported 96-degrees of field-of-view, and the device is almost crammed to fit the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge comfortably, according to Tech Crunch

To accommodate Samsung's upcoming phablets well, the new Gear VR will get a boost in terms of size which would also suggest a wider field-of-view. Thus, consumers should anticipate for 110-degrees FoV to be present in the device.

By boosting the FoV, Samsung's Gear VR is now comparable to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. It is very likely that the South Korean brand drew inspiration from the latter headsets. 

Aside from the larger build and FoV, the new Gear VR will come with the same touchpad and other specs and features as the previous VR. 

The new Gear VR is said to have been developed in conjunction with Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note7. Since the latter is arriving with a USB type-C port, the former is also expected to have the same port in order for the two of them to be connected and work together, as per PC Mag

The second-generation Gear VR would be a great companion device to the Samsung Galaxy Note7 which is rumored to sport a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, 4GB of RAM and an advanced biometrics system, courtesy of an iris scanner.

Meanwhile, Samsung did not intend to produce the new Gear VR for the Galaxy Note7 only. Engadget has learned that previous releases (up to the Galaxy S6) can be used with the virtual reality gear. 

Hence, consumers who will not upgrade to the Galaxy Note7 can still buy the new VR, which is speculated to arrive with the same $99 price tag as its predecessor.

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