We reported earlier this week that Samsung might be gearing up to launch a new Gear VR headset at the Mobile World Congress 2017. The new headset has officially been launched today and it’s a bit different from its predecessors. The new Gear VR comes with a wireless controller much like the one you get with Google’s Daydream View virtual reality headset.
Samsung’s new virtual reality headset comes with a wireless controller that the company has designed in collaboration with Oculus. It will make it much easier for Gear VR users to control various features of the headset.
The new Gear VR with Controller has support for both USB Type-C and microUSB ports which means that it’s compatible with the Galaxy S6 series, the Galaxy S7 series as well as the Galaxy Note 5. It will also work with the Galaxy S8 when it comes out later this year.
The controller has a clickable touchpad, navigation buttons, a trigger button, and volume keys. The touchpad makes it very easy to control the user interface and interact with apps and games in virtual reality. The controller supports motion as well, such as drag and drop, tilt, shooting, pointing, and more.
It has a wire strap to ensure that the controller doesn’t slip out of your hand. The controller requires a AAA battery which can provide up to 40 days of use when the controller is used for two hours daily.
Like previous Gear VRs, the new headset has 42mm lenses with 101 degree field of view and distortion correction. Samsung is going to release the new Gear VR at some point in the second quarter of this year. It’s likely going to cost $99 like its predecessors.