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Peek into Oculus Rift dev kit 2, see a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

S. Prell, @SamPrell
August 1, 2014
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Want to get a preview of the Oculus Rift as it exists in Dev Kit 2 state, but don't have $350 to spare (never mind waiting for the retail version)? Try heading to your nearest electronics retailer and hold a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 right up to your face.

Oh sure, it won't give you the 360 degrees of stereoscopic 3D that the full headset offers, but according to a teardown by iFixit, the Rift DK2 nonetheless uses the Note 3 screen to display a resolution of 1080 x 960 in each eye. This isn't the same type of screen or same screen technology, by the way. The screen appears to be literally the same; camera holes, button hole, Samsung logo and all. Oculus even left the touchscreen controller attached.

The screen is being overclocked from its usual refresh rate of 60 Hz to 75 Hz, so even though it's the same tech, it's being pushed and used in a way different from the smartphone it comes from. But hey, we'll take what we can get until Oculus and ZeniMax sort out their legal feud.
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