It looks like you might not need a smartphone to use Samsung’s upcoming Gear VR headset. According to a report by Naver, the tech giant is working on a standalone VR headset that will be equipped with a built-in OLED display.
What’s even more interesting is that the display is said to have a pixel density of 2,000 ppi. That’s a lot more than other VR headsets currently available on the market including the Oculus Rift — 460 ppi. The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, for example, which are two of the smartphones compatible with the latest version of the Gear VR, offer a pixel density of “just” 570 and 529 ppi.
A big advantage of a screen like this is that it helps with the nausea and dizziness a lot of VR users experience from time to time. Some claim that once a screen exceeds 1,000 ppi, users won’t experience any of these issues.
Unfortunately, there’s no word on when exactly will the standalone Gear VR headset be announced. We might see it launch alongside the Galaxy S9 series next year, or possibly even later. It’s unlikely that Samsung will reveal it this year, although anything is possible at this point.