Samsung working on high-end standalone VR headset to rival HTC Vive

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With its Galaxy S8 line out the door to much fanfare, Samsung's attention is now turning to its virtual reality ambitions. And "ambitious" sounds like just the word to describe them, going by comments made by a marketing executive at the company.

Speaking to CNET, Samsung's executive vice president of global marketing for Samsung mobile, Lee Young-hee, confirmed that a powerful standalone headset is "still under construction" at the company.

Aimed at "media producers and pro gamers", Samsung's aspirations seem to be set on taking on the likes of HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, using its partnership with Oculus to take mobile VR to the next level.

Samsung's Odyssey?

It's not yet certain if the device in question will be tethered to a PC or fully mobile, or have capacity to work in both situations, but it's thought that the headset is the same as was shown off behind closed doors at this year's MWC, making use of the new 10nm Exynos 9 mobile chip. 

That Samsung has such confidence in its new mobile processors is telling in terms of just how far they've come. This is likely the 'Odyssey' project that Samsung has been linked to, building out Samsung's VR and gaming aspirations.

Not that Samsung is doing badly in the space already – the Gear VR is already in the enviable position of being the best-selling of all current virtual reality headsets (opens in new tab). Samsung's in a great position to build on this success.

Gerald is Editor-in-Chief of iMore.com. Previously he was the Executive Editor for TechRadar, taking care of the site's home cinema, gaming, smart home, entertainment and audio output. He loves gaming, but don't expect him to play with you unless your console is hooked up to a 4K HDR screen and a 7.1 surround system. Before TechRadar, Gerald was Editor of Gizmodo UK. He is also the author of 'Get Technology: Upgrade Your Future', published by Aurum Press.