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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S Edge tipped for Gear VR compatibility


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A new report suggests Samsung will make its upcoming flagship smartphones compatible with the Gear VR.

Currently the Gear VR buddies up with the Galaxy Note 4, but Sammobile reckons two more devices will be added to the VR roster.

The devices in question are the Samsung Galaxy S6, and its purported Note Edge-style cousin, the Samsung Galaxy S Edge.

It makes perfect sense – Samsung announced its Gear VR back at IFA 2014, simultaneously launching the Galaxy Note 4.

The S6 and S Edge would be the firm’s first flagships since the Gear VR launched, so there’s no reason why Samsung wouldn’t be keen to pad outs the headset’s device list in an effort to improve sales.

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What’s interesting to note is that while the Note 4 touts a 5.7-inch display, the S6 and S Edge both look likely to use smaller 5.1-inch panels.

This poses a big problem because the Gear VR, at present, offers no way to re-adjust for form factors other than the Note 4.

One obvious solution to this would be Samsung releasing a Gear VR 2, or Gear VR variant, specifically designed for your handset of choice.

This wouldn’t be too difficult while there are only two different screen sizes, but it could become an issue down the line when Samsung opts for different display measurements.

This rumour is definitely one to watch, so we’ll keep you posted as soon as we find out more.


January 29, 2015, 8:22 pm

My Gear VR arrived today had to get it shipped from the US.

The pixels are very evident, even down to the sub-pixel patterns. Everything seems a little bit fuzzy even with the focus adjustment. Everything appears very low-res. I guess that's what you get for having the screen so close to your face, but I'd expected more.

On the plus side it's an experience unlike anything I've experienced before and shows the huge potential for this and similar technologies in the future. So there's that.

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