Here's a closer look at the new Gear VR controller


When Google introduced the Daydream View, the biggest thing that stood out to us was its dedicated controller – a simple device that could be used as both a playback remote and a game controller, thanks to its built-in motion sensing capabilities. We found it to be a much better solution for interacting with virtual interfaces than other then-current solutions (e.g., stare at something until it registers your input or use a cumbersome d-pad-like thing on the side of the headset).

In a bid to keep up with the competition, Samsung and Oculus announced a new version of the Gear VR at MWC, that too has its own dedicated controller. In fact, apart from a few cosmetic changes here and there, the main difference between the old and the new Gear VR is the wireless controller.

Similarly to the Daydream View controller, this one also features accelerometers and a gyroscope to track user movements. Samsung’s offering also has “trigger” button, a clickable touch pad, volume rocker, and home and back buttons on the front. It runs on two AAA batteries and fits comfortably in the hand, albeit its small size.

Here are some photos of the new Gear VR controller that Engadget took during their hands-on with the device:


source: Engadget

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4 Comments

1. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Looks good

2. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

This is worth buying for my Note 5 or S8 if I upgrade in a couple of months

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

No apps support this new controller yet. But in a few months a number of apps should be able to support it.

4. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

ok cool. still worth considering though

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