The Samsung Gear VR is still one of the best options for exploring all that mobile virtual reality has to offer. There are two different headsets available, with the most recent designed to work with the Samsung Galaxy 8 and newer. Mobile VR is designed to be portable and accessible and it's true! For the best experience you'll want a reliable Bluetooth controller like the SteelSeries Stratus Xl (opens in new tab) and a solid pair of headphones like the OnePlus Bullets Wireless (opens in new tab), but we've rounded up a good mix of accessories that you should consider.
Pack it all up
Portability is a biggest selling point for mobile VR. This travel case is designed for the Gear VR with room for controllers, charging accessories and headphones.
Best Bluetooth controller
The SteelSeries Stratus XL is a favorite controller around these parts because of its stellar design and great compatibility for Android and Windows 10.
Use what you already got
Xbox One controllers work with Android. When the controller is in pairing mode it will appear as a Bluetooth controller you can pair to your phone.
Best budget controller
The Moga Hero Power is a great Bluetooth controller for mobile gaming, as it includes a foldable phone holder for gaming sessions not using Gear VR.
VR is all about full immersion, so a quality pair of over-the-ear headphones like these are well worth the money — they're comfortable and sound fantastic.
Best Bluetooth buds
Lightweight and comfortable, the OnePlus Bullets 2 are a great option for daily use, let alone just for Gear VR, offering better than average sound quality.
Keep your lenses clean
Having a couple gentle microfiber cloths around is key to keeping the headset lenses clear of dust and sweat. Buy in bulk and never be without one.
Expand your storage
Some extra storage is great no matter which Samsung phone or Gear VR headset you're using. Samsung just happens to offer the best value for microSD.
Charge while you play
It's always good to have an extra 5V/2A wall adapter handy. You can use this cable with the Gear VR's USB-C adapter, or supply your own USB-C cable.
Get the most out of Samsung Gear VR
Samsung and Oculus really helped to pave the way for mobile VR that we see today with the Oculus Go and Quest headsets. While the Gear VR is now more of a legacy device for collectors, there's still some good fun to be had with your Samsung phone and the right accessories.
If you don't feel like investing a ton of money on a new pair of headphones, we would definitely recommend getting the hard shell case (opens in new tab) and microfiber cloths (opens in new tab) because they're perfect things to have around when you want to show off the Gear VR. The cloths will also keep the Gear VR clean, which is important if you want to share.
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