Samsung introduces new Gear VR: Note 7 USB-C compatible, improved padding and comfort

Samsung has just lifted the cover off a brand new version of its virtual reality headset: the Samsung Gear VR.

Coming right along the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the new Gear VR is USB-C and Note 7-compatible, and its most important improvements come in the form of more padding and longer straps for overall improvements in comfort. In addition to the USB-C connector for the Note 7, there's also an adapter that allows you to plug in older Samsung phones with the microUSB port.

At its core, this new version of the Samsung Gear VR remains looking practically the same: you insert your Samsung phone in the front and get immersed in the 360-degree virtual reality world powered by Occulus.

Aesthetically, it's also just plain cooler: that new black color makes it stand out and gives it a bit more of a futuristic look, but - of course - that's all a bit subjective. The full list of phones compatible with the new Gear VR includes: the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the Note 5, Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and the S6 edge+.

The list of more minor changes includes a slightly wider field-of-view of 101 degrees versus the 96-degree on the earlier Gear VR, and then 

The new Samsung Gear VR will go up for pre-order tomorrow, on August 3rd, and the official release date is set for August 19th.

source: Samsung Mobile



1. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

I'm curious to see how things play out when daydream devices are revealed. Will daydream and gearvr be able to coexist?

2. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I cannot imagine this wouldn't be the case.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7581; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I don't see why not. Cardboard and Gear VR can and do currently coexist, so why not Daydream VR and Gear VR. The truth will be out soon enough when the new Nexus devices arrive.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5753; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO Samsung will release new Gear VR that's also compatible with Daydream This Gear VR may even be compatible with Daydream, but I wouldnt bet on it

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it should be compatible with daydream.. even their older flagship is compatible with daydream (S6, and S6e) so they should think about daydream while making this new gearVR

8. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I think you misread my post, I can't imagine this wouldn't be the case, as in I cannot imagine that they wouldn't work together?

3. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Got to wonder if it will allow data passthrough, I really hope it will.

4. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Meh. So it's still blurry.

9. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

If gear vr is blurry that might be your eyes. If anything it should be pixelated NOT blurry.

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