oculus rift

Samsung is reportedly developing its own VR headset, a device that will be similar in many ways to the Oculus Rift, for use with its flagship Galaxy smartphones and tablets (via Engadget). This headset is apparently separate¬†from the “Galaxy Glass” project that is slated to be unveiled later this year.

The VR headset is being described as a peripheral, as opposed to a stand-alone product, and will require a connection to a Samsung device in order to function.

There’s no word on the type of content that might be available, but it’s a good bet that it’ll be distributed through Samsung’s first-party app store.

Virtual reality headsets have been around for years, though none have managed to take the technology into the mainstream market. The technology is difficult to master: even the slightest delays can cause motion sickness, and disrupt the gaming experience. Content also has to be designed with a VR headset in mind, or else the mechanics feel wrong.

Can Samsung create a solid experience, powered by their Galaxy devices? Only time will tell, but I’m incredibly skeptical — the little details that are necessary for a VR headset have never been Samsung’s strong point.