Samsung may be about to release a brand new virtual reality headset that won't need to be connected to a smartphone, PC or games console. The VR headset would be a standalone device, where you could download games and films directly onto the headset. If the rumours are true, Samsung could beat its VR rivals like HTC and Oculus who sell VR devices that need extra hardware to experience virtual reality. Consumer electronics giant Samsung may be about to release a brand new virtual reality headset that won't need to be connected to a smartphone, PC or games console. Oculus Rift: Bought by Facebook in 2014 for 2 billion, Oculess sells the Rift headset for around 1,000 ( 1,320).
Almost two years since it was first unveiled, Google has made its Cardboard VR headset available to buy in the UK. A single Cardboard can be bought from the Play Store for 15, or a pack of two is on sale for 25. Alternatively, if you'd rather not pay 15 for a piece of folded cardboard, Google has also released instructions to make your own. Almost two years since it was first unveiled, Google has made its Cardboard VR headset available to buy in the UK. The headset is made from corrugated cardboard folded to form a no-frills enclosure.
The new Samsung HMD Odyssey virtual reality headset will run on Microsoft's Mixed Reality platform. While compelling virtual and augmented reality content remains in short supply, there's no shortage of headsets flooding this still tepid market. On Tuesday, Samsung planned to take the wraps off a new high-end VR headset called the HMD Odyssey, which boasts built-in microphones, position sensors and AKG headphones. The company also claims to have the "highest resolution in the industry" thanks to dual AMOLED displays that are commonly found in smartphones. The $499 HMD Odyssey, which was to be revealed at Microsoft's Mixed Reality demo here, is available for pre-order Tuesday and will begin shipping in early November.
OnePlus, the Chinese smartphone company that promises premium quality smartphones for a fraction of the price of an iPhone, will launch its 2016 flagship device next month with a virtual reality event -- offering fans the chance to view it for free using its new Loop VR headset. OnePlus claimed a world first in 2015 when it launched the OnePlus 2 with a virtual reality event, handing out 30,000 cardboard VR headsets to fans for free. This year it will once again offer viewers the chance to watch the launch of the phone -- expected to be called the OnePlus 3 -- in virtual reality, but it is now offering fans the chance to get their hands on an upgraded VR headset called the Loop. Looking very similar to Samsung's Gear VR headset, the Loop headset will be sent to the first 30,000 people who register their interest on the company's website. As well as being able to see the launch of the new smartphone in virtual reality, the company says it will be the first time anyone will be able to buy the new phone in VR.
At its best, virtual reality is transportative: It will let you scale a simulated cliff face, or come face-to-teeth with a T-rex. You can have those experiences from your living room, but of course, you need a virtual reality headset, and for that, you have two broad categories to choose from--a low-end contraption that uses your smartphone, or a fancy rig that requires a PC. But on Wednesday, Zuckerberg and Facebook-owned Oculus announced a new headset designed to fill that gap between the cheap and the pricey, and thus bring VR to more people--their goal is to get a billion involved. Called Oculus Go, it will cost $199 when it goes on sale next year. But you don't need to wait for its release to strap a virtual reality headset to your face, and you don't need to plunk down hundreds of dollars, either.