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Harmonix developing for Samsung Gear VR

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Harmonix, the studio behind Rock Band and Dance Central, is working on something for the newly announced Samsung Gear VR headset, according to a tweet from publicist Nick Chester.

Chester said Harmonix is "developing software" for the device, which Samsung announced today during its press briefing for the IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin. Harmonix's Dawn Rivers, who works on lighting, followed up with a tweet in which she said, "I can't wait for folks to see the crazy project I've been on at Harmonix for Samsung's Gear VR."

It's unclear from their wording if Harmonix is making a virtual reality game or if it's developing some kind of other application, but Chester promised that the studio will release "more info soon" about the project.

Samsung developed the Gear VR headset with Oculus VR. The headset uses the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 as its display. The Note 4, which Samsung also revealed today, is a phablet with a 5.7-inch quad HD (2560 x 1440) screen and 3 GB of RAM. Its CPU and GPU power the Gear VR via micro USB, and the new Oculus Mobile SDK is the device's software. Both the Note 4 and Gear VR will be available starting this fall.

Harmonix launched Dance Central Spotlight on Xbox One yesterday, and its next console release is Fantasia: Music Evolved, which will be available Oct. 21 on Xbox One. The studio put out its first mobile game, Record Run, this past spring.

Correction: This article originally said Fantasia: Music Evolved is the next game coming from Harmonix. That is not the case; the shoot-'em-up A City Sleeps is set for release Oct. 16 on Mac and Windows PC. We've edited the article to reflect this.

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