Odyssey Will Be Samsung’s Standalone VR Headset
According to reports, Samsung confirmed in its last developer conference that it was making a standalone VR headset, and a new trademark filing confirms it and revealed its name. The tech giant is making a standalone Virtual Reality headset called Odyssey.
The Odyssey VR Headset Won’t Require a PC
Considering that there wasn’t even a market for the mobile headset engineered for Samsung by Oculus in 2014, the Gear VR has been rather successful. It went from a luxury item exclusively for enthusiasts, to a popular device that actually helped sell some Samsung phones.
Even though Samsung has been happy with a VR headset that only works with Samsung phones, there are many that want to experience the mobile Virtual Reality without the extra purchase. Luckily for them, the new VR headset under development, unlike the HTC Vive or the Rift, won’t require a PC or mobile phone to work.
Odyssey Could Be a Revolution in the VR Market
The new higher-end Virtual Reality headset would work on its own. It’s hard to imagine a standalone device with the processing power to compete with the established brands that are juiced up by powerful PCs. But Samsung seems decided to make it happen.
The trademark filing was found by the guys from GalaxyClub, with listings for glasses and VR games. No much more is known yet, but if Samsung won’t need a PC to run its Odyssey, will it require the power of a Galaxy phone? Or will it launch a full standalone VR headset? If that’s the case, it’s a revolutionary thing to do. Samsung is not always in the innovative side of history but even Apple will be in danger if a Samsung’s standalone Odyssey VR headset reaches the market.
Odyssey Will Sport State-Of-The-Art Specs
What about the rest? Samsung have a very healthy relationship with Oculus since they even designed the GearVR and powered with their own software. However, the Odyssey could be the beginning of a competition between the two companies since the new VR headset could, reportedly, beat the Rift with its superior specifications.
This leak comes with a perfect timing since we are about to find out what kind of new hardware is Samsung saving for us in its ‘Unpacked’ event. The global launch event will take place in several cities throughout the world on the 2nd of August, hitting cities like New York, Rio de Janeiro and London.
We will be waiting for an official confirmation or announcement from Samsung to provide further details.