Samsung’s Gear VR turns a phone into a fully-fledged virtual reality headset

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Samsung’s new virtual reality headset, the Gear VR, is built to fit the new Galaxy Note 4 and can be controlled with an integrated touch pad, motion, voice or a gaming controller. Although it can use the phone’s back-facing camera to combine the real world with the virtual, allowing for augmented reality applications, Samsung’s focus with the Gear VR is to provide rich video experiences as opposed to interactivity.

Both the Gear VR and the Galaxy Note 4 were announced Wednesday. The price of the Gear VR, set to launch this fall, hasn’t been announced.

The headset is unusual for its close ties to Oculus, the Facebook-owned virtual reality forerunner that will likely release its headset sometime in the next year. [company]Samsung[/company] gave [company]Oculus[/company] first dibs on its next-generation OLED screens in order to get early access to Oculus’ software development kit. The Samsung device will feature a mix of Samsung…

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