Samsung and Google to Unveil Ultra-Exclusive Mixed Reality Headsets in 2024
At the onset of this year, Qualcomm divulged its collaboration with Samsung to craft a virtual reality headset, which was subsequently confirmed by Google in May, poised for release. However, the unveiling of this much-anticipated device, initially slated for the latter half of 2024, seems to have been delayed.
According to a report by The JoongAng, South Korea’s central daily, the headset, code-named ‘Infinite’, is now expected to enter the market no earlier than the second half of 2024. Speculation suggests that this postponement may be linked to the launch of Apple’s virtual reality device, the Vision Pro.
In its preliminary plans, Samsung anticipated a modest production of 30,000 units for its virtual reality headsets, featuring micro LED displays manufactured in-house, and processors supplied by Qualcomm. Additionally, the devices were to operate on a specially designed version of the Android operating system. As of now, further details remain undisclosed.
Samsung has ventured into the virtual reality application market well in advance, having released several Galaxy VR headsets for use with their smartphones. Furthermore, they have cultivated a deep partnership with Meta (formerly Facebook) and even launched the HMD Odyssey+, a virtual reality headset developed in collaboration with Microsoft and compatible with the Windows operating system. However, due to lackluster market response, Samsung subsequently halted its development.
Nevertheless, with the Meta Quest series of virtual reality headsets still garnering considerable market support, and virtual reality being touted as a potential platform for future computing development, Samsung has decided to reengage in this market with renewed vigor.