Samsung’s Gear VR for the Galaxy Note 4 is nearly here, with US sales set to begin as we move into December. For Note 4 owners interested in picking up the accessory, a whole new world of virtual experiences awaits them, but what about the rest of us? Will Samsung ever have another VR product that’s maybe not so closely tied to an already expensive phablet? That could well be a possibility, as Oculus VR’s co-founder talks a little about what’s next for the company’s collaboration with Samsung.
Oculus VR may be best known for its Oculus headset (which is rapidly approaching a commercial release of its own), but the company’s also the one Samsung turned to for assistance in developing the Gear VR. According to exec Brendan Irbe, Oculus VR will “work closely with Samsung to develop more products,” though he stopped short of offering any specifics about particular devices the two firms may have in mind.
When reached for comment, Samsung had nothing to say about future plans with Oculus VR. That may have something to do with Samsung’s own shaky performance as of late, prompting some internal changes. At least until it has a better sense of how willingly users will adopt the Gear VR, to say nothing of the dev support that will need to be in place should the company intend to bank on VR hardware in the long term, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Samsung not wanting to commit to any Gear VR 2 – at least not yet. Come early next year, though, and that situation could well be changing.