Oculus Rift is teaming up with Samsung to create a virtual reality cell phone. Seriously.

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Nov 13, 2014, 10:55 AM EST (Updated)

We’re all still desperately waiting to get our hands on the cutting-edge Oculus Rift virtual reality headset — but it turns out they’ve cut a deal with Samsung to (kinda) bring out some of that tech next month.

Samsung has teamed up with Oculus (which is now owned by Facebook) to release the Gear VR headset, for a new headset that works with the company’s new Galaxy note 4 cell phone. Sounds cool, right? Well, just hang on. It’s still cool — just a little weird.

The phone itself includes some new virtual reality tech, and the headset will literally require you to snap your 5.7-inch phone into the front of it, with the phone serving as the screen. The company calls it “an entirely new mobile category.” 

We admit it’s a cool idea, but considering the brevity of a cell phone’s lifecycle, we have to wonder if the (currently unspecified) price tag will be worth it. Why spends hundreds on the headset if the phone that powers it will be obsolete in a few months? But if they price it competitively, it could be the first product to get VR tech into homes.

But all of this is useless if the software isn’t any good. Luckily, Samsung has some killer partners in place. The company has deals with Marvel, DreamWorks, Cirque du Soleil, Harmonix and Vevo to provide content. One example: a VR tie-in for Age of Ultron that’ll allow users to explore Tony Stark’s lab in 3D. Admittedly, that’s kind of cool. They’re also releasing a developer’s kit to try and get even more support.

What do you think of the concept? Would you strap a cell phone to your face for a VR headset?

(Via Popular Science)

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