Samsung’s VR headset said to hit shelves around the globe this year: sources


SEOUL, Oct 24 – Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest manufacturer of smartphones, is planning to roll out its first virtual reality headset within this year, industry sources said Thursday.

In August, Samsung showcased the Samsung Gear RV, a headset that provides views that rotate 360 degrees in all directions, creating a life-like experience for users. It is currently linked to the Galaxy Note 4 through a micro-USB.

The smart device, also expected to be released in South Korea, in December, is said to be priced at some 200,000 won, the sources said.

Samsung said earlier it has not yet decided the price for the VR headset but added at least 30 gaming contents will be available upon launch.

The virtual reality business has been much anticipated by the global electronics industry, with top social network service provider Facebook Inc. acquiring virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR for US$2.3 billion in March.