For those wanting more from their Samsung Gear VR – Virtual Reality Headset (US Version with Warranty), Samsung may deliver that in excess as it appears the company is working on a new standalone VR headset with some exceptionally high-tech features.
MSIP, a major Korean government agency, announced today that Samsung is working on an all-in-one head-mounted VR display using tracking technology from member company, Visual Camp.
The headset, labeled “Exynos VR III” in photos (a reference to Samsung’s line of Exynos processors) is supposedly capable of not just tracking eye and hand movement, but also voice and expression recognition.
According to the press release, the headset’s eye-tracking ability is critical for “foveated rendering,” a process where VR displays only the graphics focus on exactly where the user is looking — making for a smoother VR experience (and fewer fried circuits from fully rendering 360 degrees of pretty textures.)
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Samsung was working on a standalone VR headset, though it’s too early to tell if the Exynos VR III will become that exact headset.
The company also confirmed this spring that at least one of its all-in-one headsets will rival the HTC Vive, a concept of which was believed to be shown off behind closed doors at this year’s Mobile World Congress and powered by a new 10nm Exynos 9 mobile chip, though this has also not been verified.
Going off the name alone (what became of the Exynos VR I & II?) we imagine Samsung’s standalone prototype is still a ways from an official debut. However, as competitors like HTC announce VR headsets that won’t need a tethered phone or PC to function, we can’t imagine Samsung will be too far behind with one of its own.