Developer Uses ARCore To Bring Positional Tracking To Gear VR

by Jamie Feltham • October 20th, 2017

The VR industry is slowly inching closer to six degrees of freedom (6DOF) tracking on mobile-based headsets. But while Google toils away on standalone headsets with positional tracking, another studio has used its ARCore tech to implement positional tracking on Gear VR.

FusedVR recently posted the below video using Android’s new AR platform enable 6DOF movement on what’s long been a 3DOF headset. You can see the headset, which has a Galaxy S8 smartphone fitted inside, moving through the virtual space just like it would on a Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.

Positional Tracking on the Gear VR

Thanks to Google ARCore and Oculus GearVR we now have positional tracking on Mobile VR! Currently only works on the S8 and latest Gear but let’s keep in mind that ARCore is still in beta.

Posted by Fusedvr on Wednesday, 18 October 2017

It’s going to be interesting to see if ARCore and its Apple-made rival, ARKit become widely adopted by VR developers as a means of implementing positional tracking on mobile VR. As it stands, companies like Oculus are currently using proprietary methods of inside-out tracking on standalone headsets like its Santa Cruz device.

3DOF VR looks set to stay for some time, though, as companies are also introducing standalone devices that only include this type of tracking, like Oculus Go.

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