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Samsung confirms plans for a standalone VR headset targeted at gamers

Earlier this month, we started hearing new rumours surrounding Samsung’s long-awaited standalone virtual reality headset. At the time, various anonymous sources claimed that Samsung standalone headset would have a much higher resolution than current high-end PC offerings. Since then, a Samsung’s VP of global marketing has confirmed the company’s standalone headset plans.

While not many details were give, Samsung’s Lee Young-hee did let CNET know that the company is in fact working on a new VR headset to target gamers and media producers. The headset itself is “still under construction” but if previous rumours hold any weight, it will have a display featuring between 1200 and 1500 pixels per inch, which is a lot more than both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, which offer around 450 PPI.

This headset has also previously been referred to as the Samsung Odyssey as far back as 2016. This particular headset would put Samsung in the same league as Oculus and HTC when it comes to high-end VR, with better tracking, sharper graphics and better games.

In the meantime, Samsung will continue to ship its own GearVR, which uses Oculus Home on the software side. It is unclear if Samsung’s next headset would also be built in partnership with Oculus, or be capable of running Oculus Store exclusives, but hopefully we will hear more later this year.

KitGuru Says: The idea of a higher-resolution VR headset intended for gaming is quite exciting. As fun as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are, the pixels do standout from time to time, so moving past that would be huge. How many of you are currently waiting on more competition in the VR space before jumping in? 

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