Samsung has showed us they are in the VR game for keeps !
The new Galaxy Note 7 (they are skipping the note 6 from note 5) is the next generation of their flagship phone sporting intentional VR capabilities and not just a cardboard like conversion.
But with it’s release comes a revision of GearVR that features a wider field of view (FOV) and will now fit many models of their phones and likely the future Galaxy S8.
The phone itself has no real bragging features except for the new scanner that they seem to have beat Apple to the punch in delivering to a phone. But enhancements to the camera system are always in order each phone release.
Much of this was somewhat expected as we await the new breed of CPU and GPU capabilities in processors that will be in the marketplace next year for mobile phones.
So we await the Super VR quality capabilities from those, that may rival console game systems next year depending on the system RAM and Floating Point capabilities (FLOPS). Enjoy the new wider field of view of the latest Gear VR of 101 degrees over the old 96 degrees.
Samsung is introducing it’s latest flagship phone on Feb 21, 2016 in pre-order.
This latest smart phone has lower power consumption and much faster and most of all, has been designed fully for use as a VR mobile phone.
Samsung has stated that with all pre-orders that begin Feb 23 to March 10, 2016, all will be getting a FREE GearVR
Official announcements to follow on Feb 21 media event.
Something in the back of my mind tells me we will soon see a revision to the GearVR.
It has been known that a VR head mounted display is a excellent device for watching 2D and 3D movies where as the entire outside world and it’s distractions disappear while in use. But nobody knew exactly what shape or form that was going to take in the real world.
Now we have a glimpse at how that is taking shape.
As announced at Oculus Developer Conference 2 in Sept.
Samsung, in it’s partnership with Oculus with it’s creation of GearVR Innovator Edition (beta) for the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 is ready for it’s consumer version of the mobile adapter for two of it’s flagship phones retailing for just $99 U.S.
Along with that, a deal with streaming movie providers NetFlix, Vimeo, Twitch and Hulu to stream it’s content to the Oculus Platform and be shared by the GearVR platform.
This same delivery system could be used in the future to stream immersive 360 video content once there is enough of it out there for consumers to choose from. But 3D movies are going to be back in demand once again since we have a delivery system and plenty of 3D content that has been created over the last decade by movie houses that did not give up on the concept.
It would be interesting to note that for Samsung, that is not all she wrote on VR just yet. They have bench tested 2 new phones that are blowing benchmarks to outer space with the so-called “O” series phones that very well could be the closest you will get to a desktop VR experience. They are rumored to be released in the spring of 2016.
It remains to be seen if that will be challenged by any other smartphone maker but it is hard to not think those at HTC and APPLE don’t have something up their sleeve. Apple probably has a head start with AppleTV that would give the likely mobile VR device a library of streaming media just to get started with.
Could it be the beginning of the end for cable?
Most cable operators do provide the internet that this is streamed on. They did have a opportunity to provide 3D content and chose not to some 8 years ago. Since they spent their money buying other cable operators instead of tech, they will be limited to having the broadest internet pipe. They will be challenged with streaming VR, 4k and 8k video in the near future.