At Samsung, we are focused on setting and exceeding the standard for VR experiences, making them even more accessible and delivering the highest in quality, 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.
said Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics
Samsung also announced that 20 new compatible games such as “Drop Dead”, “Rangi” will support the controller will release in late April, additional 50 games will be released on the VR platform over the next few months.
Oculus Avatars are now available across Oculus Rift and Gear VR, and users can can create and customise their avatars into experiences including Oculus Rooms, Hulu and Drop Dead. However, the Gear VR still requires a mobile phone to run the device and provide a display.
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Samsung’s Gear VR is priced at $129.99 in the US and the controller is also available separately for $39.99.
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Gear VR with controller with features below:
- 42mm lenses with a 101-degree FOV (Field of View).
- Oculus’ advanced distortion correction technology to minimize motion sickness.
- Accelerometer, agyrometer and proximity sensor.
- Wireless controller has clickable touchpad for scrolling, navigation buttons, volume keys and trigger button, can also be connected to smartphone using Bluetooth.
- Controller is powered by AAA battery (1000mAh).
- USB converter (micro USB or USB TYpe-C ports).
- Wrist strap
- Compatible with Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8+, Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, S6 and S6 edge.
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We’ve created an incredible lineup for the Gear VR Controller at launch. You’ll have nearly 20 titles to choose from in April, with 50 more to follow over the next few months. Existing library games not requiring gamepad can all be played comfortably with the built-in touchpad, but new titles designed specifically for the controller take things to another level. The additional trigger unlocks a number of new gestures in VR, like drawing constellations in the night sky, casting a fishing line with precision, and firing guns at your opponent in live, multiplayer standoffs.
According to Oculus’s blog.
Oculus also updated Gear VR software starting with a rebuild of Oculus Home to make it load up to 3 times faster and doubling the pixel resolution of the Home screen.
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