Vision Pro led Samsung to reboot its VR headset lineup. It is now targeting the end of 2024: report

Qualcomm, Samsung, and Google announced their partnership to build the XR headset at the Unpacked event in February 2023.

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According to new reports from UploadVR and Korean newspaper The JoonAng, the XR alliance formed by Samsung, Google and Qualcomm to build a mixed reality headset has hit the reset button on its project and delayed its launch.

JoonAng reports that Samsung has now ordered higher-resolution screens from Samsung Display for its XR headset to go with the amazing 4K per-eye (8K) displays – made by Sony – that Apple unveiled in the Vision Pro , to match. This delayed the introduction of Samsung’s headset from early 2024 to mid-2024, delaying the launch of the headset until the end of the year.

Separately, Upload VR reported that Samsung has also informed developers that its new headset will now arrive at the end of 2024.

JoonAng’s sources also claim that Samsung’s headset production target will be 30,000 units for 2024. In comparison, Apple’s production targets have also reportedly dropped from 1 million to 400,000 Vision Pro devices for 2024. Samsung’s headset will reportedly cost around $2,000, compared to $3,500 for the Apple Vision Pro and $500 for the Meta Quest 3, which just launched in October.

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This information joins several reports that have surfaced since this summer that Samsung, Google, and Qualcomm decided to go back to the drawing board after announcing the Vision Pro at WWDC in June. However, towards the end of the Unpacked event in July, Samsung talked about the introduction of its headset “not too far away”.

Samsung is designing the hardware for the XR headset with a joint venture, while Google is developing a mixed reality version of Android and Qualcomm is providing the underlying chip technology — most likely the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 platform, which powers the Meta Quest headset. It provides 3.

At CES 2023, I tested the HTC Vive XR Elite, which is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 chip.

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This kind of reset is reminiscent of the birth of Android, when Google was designing its smartphone platform as a BlackBerry-like system until it saw Apple’s iPhone announcement and then took off. Instead, it turned Android into a multi-touch interface very similar to the iPhone, and Samsung quickly became the leading proponent and manufacturer of Android hardware.

If this leaked prototype of the headset – which was clearly modeled after the original Oculus Quest and HTC Vive headsets – was real, then it’s a positive move that the trio are relaunching their programs. I expect Samsung to design a much more interesting hardware product by the time we get a look at its next-generation headset in mid-2024 — probably at the Unpacked summer event, where it usually unveils its latest foldable phones.

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