Samsung will soon offer a Gear VR controller

Samsung will soon offer a Gear VR controller

Samsung will start selling a new bundle of its Gear VR headset, bundled with a brand-new controller. The bundle will include the 2016 version of the Gear VR, co-developed together with Oculus, which was released together with the ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7, with the only notable difference being the addition of a new strap designed to also hold the controller.

As for the controller itself, it's more reminiscent of the HTC Vive's, rather than Oculus' own Rift controller, as it features a circular touch pad with only a few physical buttons. It was designed exclusively for one-hand use, and lets users "select, grab, take aim, and fire.”

Oculus claims more than 70 titles will soon implement support for the new controller, and a public SDK will be released in the near future. Release date and pricing are currently unavailable, but the Gear VR, sans controller, currently retails at $99.99.

source: Oculus

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6 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

About time. I hardly use mine anymore, but that's a nice addition.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 6710; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Samsung's new controller is similar to Google's Daydream's 9-axis touch pad controller. This only makes sense, especially when Samsung's Gear VR was missing some form of spacial awareness. Now developers can bring some spacial awareness to their Gear VR apps. Just like Daydream VR compatible devices, like the Pixels.

2. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

I hope they sell the controller separately.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Interesting. I hope Samsung support both platform Oculus and Daydream. Then my next phone purchase would be another Samsung for its VR.

5. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Really hope they go 4k for the s8 plus

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yup 4K would be sweet.

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