Just because there’s no Galaxy S8 flagship to announce just yet, it doesn’t mean Samsung can’t unveil the next model Gear VR. This latest version of the headset comes with an accessory of its own – a standalone controller.
The headset comes with 42mm lenses that deliver a 101-degree field of view and feature an advanced distortion correction tech to minimize motion sickness.
It’s compatible with both microUSB and USB Type-C devices, so every existing Samsung flagship since the Galaxy S6, plus the upcoming ones, will work with the new Gear VR.
The controller is the novelty here – previous Gear VRs had just a touch sensitive pad next to your right temple, which wasn’t all that user-friendly. The Controller (yes, capital C) has a touchpad and a number of buttons allowing the user to ‘point, drag and drop, tilt, shoot, among other actions, while the Trigger allows for enhanced gaming experiences.’
The Controller is powered by two AAA batteries which on average should last it for 40 days if you use it for 2 hours a day. It’s also got a wrist strap to prevent you from hurling it across the room when the action gets too intense.