TWIST! Engadget Reports That Samsung and Oculus Are Working Together

on Friday, May. 30th

Last week the word was that consumer electronics giant Samsung was getting into the virtual reality business. Suffice it to say, I was a bit skeptical about its prospects.

Now the source of that rumor is upping the ante in a huge way. Engadget is reporting that Samsung isn’t going it alone on this first generation. They claim that Oculus VR is part of the deal:

Oculus is handling the software side of the product, while Samsung handles the hardware. The deal is a swap: Oculus gives Samsung early access to its mobile software development kit and helps develop user interface software, while Samsung gives Oculus early access to its next-gen OLED screens. And yes, Oculus is still making its own, gaming-focused, PC-based virtual reality headset; that’s why it needs next-gen, high-pixel-density OLED screens from Samsung.

Now Oculus could be arming a long-term rival by making this deal, but when it comes to manufacturing screens few companies have more know-how than Samsung.

This also suggests that there is going to be a ramp-up into full blown commercial VR. Starting with a early-out-of-the-gate mobile experience that segues into the full “sit down” home experience.

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