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Can you guess what smartphone “donated” its display to the Oculus Rift DK2 virtual reality headgear?

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Can you guess what smartphone “donated” its display to the Oculus Rift DK2 virtual reality headgear?

Ever since the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset arrived, it's been among the hottest topics in the world of gaming. It's a headworn display, which employs a number of sensors and creates the illusion that the wearer is “inside” the game world. Although the display is not the most sophisticated hardware part, it's pretty important in its own, too. The second generation of the curious headwear - Oculus Rift DK 2 (DK stands for Developer Kit) – is already here, but can you guess what smartphone's display got used in the developer kit.

iFixit's teardown of the Oculus Rift DK2 reveals that the display of choice in the Oculus Rift DK2 is from... drum roll, please... a Samsung Galaxy Note 3! Yes, that's right, it's all there, along with Samsung's logo and even the touchscreen controller module. The 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED is what makes the difference between the real and the virtual world in the latest Oculus rendition.

The team behind Oculus has probably decided to do so because using the Samsung-made component will be times cheaper than producing one on its own. It even tweaked it a little – it is said that the Oculus Rift DK2 is toting a low-persistence OLED screen is a 75Hz, which is a tad higher than the Galaxy Note 3's stock refresh rate of 60Hz. Additionally, the true blacks, which are among the highlights of AMOLED displays, will be probably regarded highly by those gamers, who wish to immerse into the virtual reality that Oculus provides them with.

As you probably know, the successor of the Galaxy Note 3, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, is bound to arrive this September. Feel free to check out our rumor round-up for the upcoming device.


source: iFixit via The Verge

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posted on 01 Aug 2014, 06:31 5

1. DevilsAdvocate (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


I bet Apple will be shi-tting bricks!

posted on 01 Aug 2014, 11:18 2

6. eggnog514 (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 May 2014)


nope, they will just sue oculus & samsung

posted on 01 Aug 2014, 07:01 7

2. vincelongman (Posts: 1314; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I guess this shows the Note 4 will most likely be QHD because the people behind Oculus are promising their next one, the CV1, will have QHD with 90 Hz

I wonder if Samsung will make the Note 4 to be higher than 60 Hz

posted on 01 Aug 2014, 07:05 5

3. joey_sfb (Posts: 3003; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Good that Samsung believe working together with Oculus Rift to bring the best of VR tech to their customer.

I have ordered DK2 hope to get it soon.

posted on 01 Aug 2014, 07:16 3

4. RandomUsername (Posts: 487; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


But Samsung already has their own VR headset!

posted on 01 Aug 2014, 10:53 1

5. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Samsung already have the smartphone, but they also sell screen to apple.

posted on 02 Aug 2014, 05:46 1

7. NateAdam8 (Posts: 217; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


No surprise there.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 14:22

8. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Yep .. since its the best display in market of this size.!

Also while dealing with games .. no one should have a problem with 'saturated' colors.!

All hail note 3.!

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