Teardown of second Oculus Rift VR helmet finds Galaxy Note 3 display inside

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By John Callaham on 31 Jul 2014 11:57 am

The iFixit team has taken apart the second hardware development kit for the Oculus Rift, and discovered that the virtual reality helmet has the exact same display that is used on Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 smartphone.

The revelation comes near the end of iFixit's article, which states that not only does the helmet use the same 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 1080p screen as the Galaxy Note 3 but that the Oculus Rift DK2 display even keeps the Synaptics S5050A touchscreen controller intact. However, the screen does have a 75 Hz refresh rate, which is higher than the Note 3's 60 Hz rate.

This bit is interesting because there are rumors claiming Samsung and Oculus VR, now owned by Facebook, are collaborating on another virtual reality helmet that will be sold by Samsung. If this is true, it's likely that Samsung is giving Oculus VR access to its smartphone displays. The DK2 version of the Oculus Rift is slowly being shipped to over 45,000 app developers.

What do you think of Samsung allowing Oculus VR to use its displays in its second development kit?

Source: iFixit

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Teardown of second Oculus Rift VR helmet finds Galaxy Note 3 display inside


That's awesome! It will only drive down the cost of the displays as the volume being created will be high.

I wish Dodocase would send me my Google VR knockoff. It's funny how pricy these things are/were projected to be for $300 worth of hardware tops.

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