Samsung has unveiled that it’s working on its own standalone virtual reality headset that’s set to be powered by its own Exynos processor.
While Samsung has been in the VR market for some time with its Gear VR headset and accessories, the device has usually relied on users pairing it with their Samsung smartphones. Now it seems they’re looking to develop an all-in-one solution powered by its own processor.
The news comes via a recent press release where Samsung discussed a deal struck to use eye-tracking technology developed by Visual Camp. This eye-tracking system has been optimised for mobile VR use and Samsung plan to use the tech as part of its upcoming Exynos VR headset.
Samsung went on to add that this new VR tech allows for something called “foveated rendering”, which basically means that software will use less processing power as it’ll only render high quality textures based on what the user is directly looking at, with other textures being rendered at a lower quality.
The Exynos VR headset will also include a number of other features including hand tracking, voice recognition, and facial expression recognition.
Visual Camp CEO Suk Yunchan said, “By collaborating with Samsung Electronics, our technology was internationally recognized at MWCS 2017, enabling us to secure a bridgehead for future global marketing efforts. Now, we will continue promoting the high quality of Korean startup technologies and products overseas.”
Unfortunately Samsung are remaining quiet on when we can get our hands on the Exynos VR or how much it’ll cost.