Engadget is reporting that Samsung and Oculus are working together to build a VR headset that to allow virtual reality interaction with smartphones. As odd as it seems, the pairing supposedly works with Samsung providing the next-gen OLED screens that Oculus needs to build its high end gaming headsets; while Samsung will gain early access to mobile development software.
The oddest piece of news is that Samsung’s VR headset will not be a standalone model, and instead require a docked smartphone for it to work. There is an accelerometer built into the headset, but everything else will come from your connected phone. Engadget claims that the dev kits floating around work with the Samsung Galaxy S4, but the release version will probably work with whichever S-number Samsung reaches when the final production headset is announced.
Who would want something like this is a massive question. As of yet, Sony and Oculus have been working on VR headset; although both of these companies are banking on the gaming industry to sell their products. Samsung has traditionally been focused on the lifestyle side of things, and a VR headset media player is unlikely to convince anyone. What Samsung is up to here is anyone’s guess.