Samsung’s rumored reveal of its first virtual reality headset at the IFA consumer electronics show is a little less than a month away, and it looks like the first photo has leaked. Images surfaced on The Verge, which reports the headset is known as “Project Moonlight.”
Samsung is developing its headset with the help of Oculus; a partnership that will draw on Samsung’s screen expertise and Oculus’s status as the leading virtual reality company. The Samsung goggles use a Samsung phone — likely the upcoming Galaxy update, plus older models — that clips into a ski goggle-like mask that contains lenses to turn the screen 3D.
The Verge photo depicts a headset that looks very much like Oculus Rift (and really any other virtual reality device on the market), plus a mobile phone cover that likely hooks it into the mask. It is unclear if the photo shows a prototype or a final version of the product, according to The Verge.
Interestingly, the photo also shows Samsung’s Gamepad controller. There are already lots of ways to interact with virtual reality, including joysticks and sensors that translate hand movements into motion. The Gamepad somewhat resembles an old Playstation controller; a shape that might appeal to people interested in making virtual reality as familiar as possible.
Project Moonlight won’t provide the same ultra-high quality experience as Oculus Rift, but it is looking more and more like it will be the best phone-based model out there. Using a phone is a very respectable option for stepping into virtual reality given the high definition screens that are now found on most mobile devices. Putting Oculus-developed lenses in front of them will only make the experience better.