Samsung’s next VR headset to be named Odyssey VR?

Earlier this year, head of R&D at Samsung Injong Rhee revealed that the firm was working on a new VR device to rival the high-end Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

At the time, we were told the headset would feature positional tracking and high-end graphics, and would allow for untethered usage.

Now, we may have just learned the name of Samsung’s upcoming VR device via SamMobile, thanks to a trademark filing.

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Samsung Odyssey

The company has filed to trademark three logos in South Korea, one of which is simply the word “Odyssey”.

Samsung has also submitted two other logos, one of which is a stylised version of the term “VR”, while another is likely the Odyssey logo.

Mentioned in the trademark applications are “virtual-reality game headsets” and “virtual-reality game software”, suggesting that these logos relate to the mysterious standalone headset.

Samsung already produces the Gear VR, which requires owners to slot their smartphone into the visor to form the screen of the headset.

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Samsung Odyssey

But the new VR device will likely not rely on a smartphone, or a powerful gaming PC as do the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Just how the new headset will work remains unclear, as does its release date or current status.

But with Samsung preparing to reveal new versions of its Gear VR alongside the Galaxy Note 7 this August, it seems the company is putting a huge emphasis on VR – which means we should see its standalone headset sooner rather than later.

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