01 Feb 16
RUMOR: Positional Tracking For The Gear VR? Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2016
Samsung will be showing off the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge at the Samsung Unpacked launch event on February 21st in Spain. Along with the announcement comes a short teaser video that showcases the Gear VR and a glowing black cube.
The video shows someone putting on a Gear VR and reaching out to touch a virtual cube. The video seems to suggest that the new handsets will not only work with the Gear VR, but may also contain some sort of hand motion controls or a form of positional tracking. This is purely speculation, as of now there is no confirmation that the new Samsung handsets will contain this technology or any additional VR features.
The speculation comes from the teaser as it shows the actor reaching outwards towards the virtual cube, a feature that isn’t present in the current Gear R or compatible phones. As of now the only way to interact with the Gear VR is using the touch pad or a bluetooth controller. Positional Tracking for mobile VR is something that Oculus wanted to achieve for the Gear VR but weren’t able to implement and finalize before its release. Positional tracking is available for the Oculus Rift and it really helps add to the immersion that one feels when using virtual reality.
So what do you think? Will the Samsung event reveal some new Gear VR feature, and if you haven’t made the jump to mobile VR yet, do you think these two new handset will make you change your mind?