Samsung reportedly confirmed back at the company’s own developer conference that a new, standalone VR headset was on it’s way and new trademark filings may indicate it’s name.
Considering the non existent market that Samsung’s ‘Oculus Engineered’ mobile headset entered when it was released in it’s initial ‘Innovator Edition’ back in 2014, the Gear VR has done remarkably well. It’s moved beyond enthusiast-only territory to a device that can actually help sell phones, something unfathomable just 3 years ago.
But while Samsung have up to now been content to sell new revisions of their headset to accommodate their relentless hardware refresh cycle, what about those who want mobile VR without the phone? At Samsung’s developer conference this year, one of the company’s representatives, Head of R&D for Software and Services Injong Rhee, revealed that they were working on a standalone, untethered VR headset which didn’t require your mobile phone to function.
Now it seems that a recent trademark filing in South Korea may reveal a possible name and brand identity for the new headset. The folks over at GalaxyClub.nl have dig up some logos for a product called ‘Odyssey’ with additional logotypes, as below.
The timing of this leak is perhaps unsurprising as we’re due to find out what Samsung have in store for us in terms of mobile hardware at the company’s dedicated ‘Unpacked’ event, which is set to take place in New York on August 2nd at 11am ET, with simultaneous launch events in Rio de Janeiro at noon and in London at 4:00 p.m local time.