Samsung’s Gear VR line has been moderately successful at bringing virtual reality to the masses without investing in any high-end hardware or equipment. Simply drop your Galaxy S or Galaxy Note smartphone in the headset and you’re ready to go. On top of that, Samsung has given away a free VR headset with all of their flagship smartphones in the past couple years, making it easily accessible to even more people.
What’s the next step, you might ask? According to Samsung, it’s a headset that won’t need a phone docked inside of it to work.
The ExynosVR prototype includes a custom 10nm hexa-core CPU clocked at 2.5GHz powering dual WQHD+ displays at 90fps, which can also double as a single 75hz 4k display. It’s some seriously impressive hardware, but the most advanced part about this headset is its ability to track your eyes and hands, recognize voice commands, and even react based on facial expressions you’re making. Theoretically, sure, we could see that crammed into the next Galaxy Note 8, but realistically having everything self-contained with tailored hardware just provides a better, more advanced experience.
With all of that being said, this prototype means we still don’t have any idea about release date, pricing, or other details about the ExynosVR. Fingers crossed it won’t be long until we find out.