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Samsung's new Gear VR includes Oculus gesture controller

Samsung has announced an updated Gear VR headset and controller combo at its Mobile World Congress press conference in Barcelona, Spain. The new 2017 Gear VR comes with a Daydream-style controller that allows for touch input, as well as pointing and dragging, tilting and shooting within the virtual world.

The headset itself looks near identical to the previous Gear VR, released alongside the Note 7 in late 2016, right down to the optics of the lenses and the dimensions and weight. Like that model, the new Gear VR supports the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S7, S7 edge, S6 edge+ and Note 5.

So it's the controller that's the big deal here, enabling new experiences in Samsung's VR platform. As well as the touchpad mentioned, you'll get a trigger button, alongside home, back and volume keys, and magnetic, accelerometer and gryo sensors. It's powered by AAA batteries, which will last 40 days based on an average of 2 hours use per day. Samsung has made it clear to Android Central that this controller will be available separate from the headset, so if you already own a Gear VR you'll be able to add this new Controller with no problem.

What's more, it's surely no coincidence that a new Gear VR is landing just a month or so out from the expected Galaxy S8 launch. Samsung points out that it'll work with supported USB Type-C devices, of which there aren't any right now.

Alex Dobie
Alex Dobie

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

11 Comments
  • My question is can you buy the remote separately and will it work with last years version?
  • This.
  • Yes! You'll be able to buy it separately and it will work with all previous Gears VR. http://www.vrheads.com/everything-you-need-know-about-gear-vr-controller
  • Thanks!
  • Does it work with the S7 Active?
  • it does not
  • It said USB C compatibility... So oneplus 3t??
  • Samsung only.
  • Can anyone suggest a good cheap gamepad that has auto mapping? Don't want to mess around too much to get something to work
  • Any Android compliant like moga, steel series etc just work as is without customizing buttons.
  • Can it be tracked in 3D space? Similar to the vive?