But developers aren't likely to see an influx of cash, as Oculus Home -- the mobile VR app storefront that Oculus is rolling out today with the launch of Gear VR, and the only place you can distribute games made with the Oculus mobile SDK -- currently does not allow creators to charge for their apps. That functionality is expected to come later, alongside a host of other improvements that Oculus is hoping to make based on feedback from folks who purchase the first edition of Samsung's headset. It's not exactly a developer kit, nor is it quite a mass-market product yet; both Oculus and Samsung have taken great pains to paint the Innovator Edition as a product geared towards early adopters, one they hope will drum up broader interest in mobile VR experiences. But what if the product's lack of polish does more harm than good to the public's perception of VR? And what does the debut of the first mobile VR storefront mean for game developers?Gamasutra recently spoke with Max Cohen, Oculus' … [Read more...] about Q&A: What’s next for the Gear VR headset?
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Virtual reality was an instant hit among the gamers and general users ever since it got announced and last year VR was one of the most talked about piece of technology. VR was not only released for gaming purposes only as Samsung also released its GEAR VR headset for watching movies and stuff.Now Samsung has revealed the amount of Gear VR present in consumer’s hands globally. Samsung announced during CES 2017 that more than 5 million Gear VR headsets have been sold.Also See: Valve Is Working On A New Prototype VR Controller?The company did not reveal any sales figures of the apps for the VR headsets but revealed that users have watched more than 10 million hours of video on the Gear VR headset. According to the company, currently Samsung VR is one of the top applications on Gear VR and contains more than 1,200 360 videos for the headsets.Ever since the VR headsets were released many developers have taken advantage of this technology. Resident Evil 7 is the latest example as the … [Read more...] about More Than 5 Million Gear VR Headset Have Been Sold, Samsung Confirms
ZeniMax did pretty well for itself in its lawsuit against Oculus VR, winning $500 million as a result of Palmer Luckey's violation of the non-disclosure agreement he signed prior to working on the Oculus Rift headset with ZeniMax, and specifically John Carmack, who was CTO of id Software at the time. Following the victory, ZeniMax chairman and CEO Robert Altman said the company would "consider what further steps we need to take to ensure there will be no ongoing use of our misappropriated technology." Which leads us to round two: As reported by Polygon, ZeniMax has filed a new lawsuit against Samsung, maker of the Gear VR, which the suit alleges is "based upon ZeniMax's intellectual property and includes information obtained by Samsung from Oculus, Luckey, and Carmack in violation of the NDA, ZeniMax's copyrights, and Carmack's employment agreement."Much of the suit's basis rests in facts established in the Oculus action, but it also relates a very interesting story of an "attack … [Read more...] about ZeniMax sues Samsung over Oculus-derived Gear VR headset
Samsung's virtual reality headset is called the Gear VR, and the company plans to officially unveil the device during the IFA 2014 trade show in September, reports SamMobile.SamMobile also posted what it claims is an image of the Gear VR, and as you can see above, Samsung has apparently gone with a color scheme that happens to evoke Nintendo's Virtual Boy.Samsung's VR headset was first reported by Engadget last month, which said that the Korean electronics giant was building a device without a dedicated screen — instead, the user would slot in one of Samsung's next-generation smartphones via a USB 3.0 port, and the phone's screen would serve as the headset's display. Think of it as a more high-tech version of Google's Cardboard project.That design isn't clear in the leaked image, although the pictured prototype does include a "see through button." According to Engadget and SamMobile, Gear VR users would be able to press it to get a view of the outside world through the … [Read more...] about Report: Samsung ‘Gear VR’ headset leaked in image, with a Virtual Boy color scheme
More than five million Gear VR headsets are in consumers hands globally, Samsung announced during a CES press conference today.Samsung did not release any app sales figures, but did say that in total, those users have watched more than 10 million hours of video in Gear VR, the Oculus-powered Samsung phone VR headset. Samsung VR is one of the top applications on Gear VR currently and it houses more than 1,200 360 videos for the headsets, according to the company.The mobile headset is currently available at 20,000 retail stores across the U.S., the company added.Samsung did not release any app sales figures.Gear VR is a critical element to virtual reality’s success, according to the company, which spoke to Polygon late last year for a story about mobile VR."Mobile phones aren’t only relevant; they’re critical to the growth of VR," Tom Harding, director of VR and immersive products at Samsung, said at the time. "Gear VR has been critical to the growth of the awareness of … [Read more...] about 5M Gear VR headsets in homes, Samsung confirms