New version of Gear VR to be revealed soon, may come with a dedicated controller, à la Daydream View

One of the biggest differences between Google's Daydream View and previous mobile VR offerings comes in the form of View's dedicated controller. It made sense to include one with the headset, as it is not only well-suited for gaming, but also for controlling the menus and other parts of the VR interface as well. It sure beats having to swipe and tap a small, imprecise d-pad on the side of headset! (ahem, Gear VR).

Well, it seems that Samsung has taken note and is likely to do something similar in the near future. According to Twitter leaker Roland Quandt, the next iteration of the Samsung Gear VR will also feature a dedicated controller/gamepad, and we may see it as early as next month.

According to Quandt, the new Gear VR will be mostly identical to the previous iteration, though this one will feature a different front cover to hold the Galaxy S8 and the controller. There is no info yet regarding the hardware inside the controller, so we can't say whether it will have motion-sensing capabilities or not, but previously leaked renders of the device reveal its design and button setup.

The controller can be used with one hand to control different menus, or with two hands, gamepad-style, to play video games. It features a single analog stick, four face buttons, a home/menu button on the front, two shoulder buttons, and a bluetooth sync button on the back.

source: RolandQuandt via SamMobile

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1. vincelongman

Posts: 5762; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I wonder if the S8 will be Daydream compatible

3. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Very likely as most phones with Android Nougat and Snapdragon 821 or similiar are compatible to Daydream. But the Gear VR on the other hand has much more apps and content available and might be the better choice for Samsung users anyway.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Daydream VR can now use Steam VR games as well. Not to mention Gear VR needed to add some kind of spacial awareness, like the Daydream VR platform. With Daydream's 9-axis controller, it adds the immersion of its platform. This was lacking from Samsung's Gear VR (Oculus) platform. Besides there is a ton of content on Daydream as well. Not to mention all the existing Cardboard content all works as well. Even Netflix, Hulu, YouTube VR and more are all there on Daydream. It would be in Samsung's best interest to support both platforms.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5762; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, which is why I'm surprised Samsung still hasn't updated the S7 with Daydream support, and why I'm not sure if the S8 will have Daydream support Gear VR has more apps and content as its been around for longer Will be interesting to if Daydream can surpass Gear VR in apps and content this year

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Just get both. Its a mobile headset. The only problem is daydream is not widely supported by handset OEM yet. Hope this would change is 2017.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5762; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The only Gear VR headset OEM is Samsung, so its the same as Daydream at the moment No way I'm buying a phone for Daydream and another for Gear VR I've already got a Pixel I'm waiting on thrid party Daydream HMDs as Google doesn't sell in my country, so its more expensive from an importor I'm not sure if I'm upgrading this year I have not really been too impressed with the G6 or S8 leaks Waiting for reviews, but most likely I'd only consider the Q3/Q4 flagships or 2018 Q1/Q2 flagships

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The next big thing in the mobile VR!

4. TerryTerius unregistered

I wonder how the race will play out between AR and VR. Hmm. Ultimately, I think AR has a much wider range of potential applications and will be the more interesting approach.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

AR and VR are two different things. They always will be. Immersive gaming will always be better with VR, period. I don't know to many people who want to play a flight simulator in AR, do you? For that matter most games would suck in AR, like driving games, first person shooting games, and many more. AR is great if you want to bring in the real world, like placing things in a room, furniture, or other objects. Measurements would be handy with AR. I could see a lot of business applications using AR.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5762; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The race between AR and VR will end with MR AR and VR are stop gates until MR Mixed reality is both Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality But I don't expect great MR for another 3-5 years

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