Though Apple planned to release a VR headset sometime around 2020, Samsung might get ahead of their competitor. Rumor is the company is planning to release their own headset at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin.
The news comes two weeks after the internet buzzed with rumors that Apple was working on a wireless AR/VR headset.
The relationship between Samsung and Microsoft has never been a smooth ride, but a Samsung official has been quoted by The Korea Times as saying:
“Samsung Electronics is working on developing cordless and high-priced headsets supporting both VR and AR. Definitely, Samsung plans to use in-house application processors, OLED displays and sensors. But more importantly, Microsoft has lowered its demand for royalties as it is taking a multi-pronged approach to delivering a rich ecosystem of games and applications that will entice users.”
We need to keep in mind that Samsung is a bit of a procrastinator – anyone remember the promises concerning a foldable Galaxy Note? – so there’s no telling when the headset will actually launch.
It may not be a race in the true sense of the word between Samsung and Apple, but it will definitely be a waiting game for the rest of us.