New Samsung Gear VR With Controller Announced

The new bundle comes with a controller for the first time.


Tech giant Samsung today announced the newest Gear VR model--and it comes with a controller.

Samsung says the controller should make the Gear VR headset "easier [and] more enjoyable," thanks to its ergonomic design for one-handed control setup. Pricing was not announced. The current model costs $100.

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Here is a rundown of the controller's features, as written by Samsung:

  • Various Motion Input for a Better VR Experience – The Touchpad provides quicker selection and interaction in VR apps, enabling various forms of motion, including the ability to point, drag and drop, tilt, shoot, among other actions, while the Trigger allows for enhanced gaming experiences.
  • Minimized Movement for Long-time Use – The Home, Volume and Back keys located on the Controller give users everything they need in easy reach so that they can keep their focus on immersive content.
  • A Secure Grip for Comfortable Play – Even during the most active movements, the Controller’s wrist strap offers a secure grip for comfortable and secure play.

"The Gear VR with Controller expands our VR ecosystem to help consumers get more engaged and immersed in VR content--whether it’s games or videos," Samsung exec Younghee Lee said in a statement.

The new headset sports 42mm lenses with 101-degree field-of-view support, as well as "advanced distortion correction technology to minimize motion sickness."

Gear VR works with the following Samsung devices: Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Note5, S6 Edge+, S6, and S6 Edge.

This story has been updated.

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