Back in May, reports surfaced claiming that Samsung was working on a virtual-reality headset similar to the Oculus Rift — and now it appears that an image of the device has been leaked.
Reportedly called the Gear VR, the device is shown in a photo from the side view, and includes graphic overlays briefly describing how it functions.
According to SamMobile, which posted the image, the Gear VR will make its debut at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin this September.
Featuring a red and black exterior, the photo of the supposed device includes a touch pad on the side of the lens housing, and a button that reportedly allows users to shift to a “see-through” mode.
Although not apparent in the image, SamMobile said the Gear VR will have a USB 3.0 dock that allows users to connect a Galaxy mobile device, thus using the mobile device’s accelerometer for head tracking — rather than embedding sensors in the headset itself — to achieve a virtual-reality effect. This dynamic would presumably be similar to that of the cardboard VR contraption recently introduced at Google’s I/O conference.
The report also claimed that the Gear VR will come with a selection of apps, as well as an SDK for developers, on the day of its launch.
Finally, and perhaps most interestingly, SamMobile reported that while the hardware will be manufactured by Samsung, the software will be provided by the team behind Oculus Rift developers, Oculus VR. The timing of such a pairing would fall right in line with the Oculus Connect conference, scheduled for mid-September.
Of course, the photo have not been confirmed, but if this is Samsung’s rumored VR headset, the sleek design and supposed Galaxy interoperability would likely draw in mainstream users who may have not considered using VR technology.