Samsung Group’s (KRX:00530) competitor to the Oculus Rift has been unwrapped, weeks before the consumer electronics giant is expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. According to a report from The Verge, Samsung will release a virtual-reality headset alongside its Galaxy Note 4 in dual events hosted in Manhattan and Berlin on Sept. 3.
The tech site published photos of Samsung’s upcoming device online that show a headset with lenses and a case that holds a smartphone in place so that its display and sensors can be used to power a virtual-reality experience. Engadget reported in June that the headset may not be a true competitor to game-changer Oculus Rift, since parent company Oculus VR is working on the software side of Samsung’s unannounced goggles.
â€” The Verge (@verge) August 12, 2014
Engadget also reported it had no confirmation that Samsung’s foray into virtual reality would ship with a game controller, but in photos, a controller is plainly visible, connected to an L-shaped bracket. It is not immediately clear if the Samsung controller shown in the photo is meant to be used in tandem with the headset or if it's a separate product.
“Project Moonlight,” as the product is reportedly codenamed, is similar to Cardboard, Google Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GOOGL) do-it-yourself version of virtual reality, which it unveiled at its annual developers conference in June. Project Moonlight also features a focus dial and may connect to the Galaxy Note 4 through a micro USB cable.
Oculus VR on Tuesday released a version of the Oculus Rift’s software development kit compatible with Mac OS X. The company was bought by Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) earlier this year for over $2 billion in cash and stock.