Not quite sold on the idea of virtual reality? Especially when we’re talking about a headset that’s basically just a frame for your smartphone? Samsung’s Gear VR is far from the most conventional-sounding smartphone accessory we’ve ever heard of, but the way it’s shaping up with this close partnership between Samsung and Oculus VR, we’re preparing ourselves to be soundly impressed. Leaks have already revealed some of the Gear VR software, and earlier this month we got to see what sure seemed like it might be the hardware itself. Now some new pics attempt to clue us in to how the finished commercially-packaged headset might appear.
If you were worried about the image we saw the other week depicting the hardware as too drab and boxy, these new shots may help shift your opinion a little, with glossy plastic, polished mirror finishes, and that irrepressible Samsung logo.
That said, we’re a little concerned that what we see here doesn’t line up 100% with that earlier pic – maybe just a dev unit/production model difference, but maybe it’s something we should be concerned about.
Even though Gear VR very much looks like it’s happening, one big question continues to hang over our heads: pricing. VR’s a tough sell, especially without a rich software library to take advantage of the hardware, and if Samsung’s not extremely aggressive with keeping the Gear VR affordable, it may miss out on a lot of potential users.