Samsung Unveils All-New Gear VR Headset With Controller At The MWC 2017

Feb 28, 2017 08:07 AM EST | JP Olvido

Samsung announced a brand-new Gear VR at the MWC 2017. The new Samsung Gear VR is powered by Oculus and comes with a new accessory called the Gear VR controller.

New Samsung Gear VR and Gear VR Controller.  The Korean tech giant announced its brand new Gear VR last February 26 at the MWC 2017. The new virtual reality device is powered Oculus and comes with the new Gear VR Controller that allows users to interact with VR games and experiences.

The new Samsung Gear VR headset sports 42mm lenses with a 101-degree field of view (FOV). It features advanced distortion correction technology to reduce motion sickness. It will have a strap to hold the Controller when not in use. The latest edition VR headset from Samsung will be compatible with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, and S6 Edge Plus, and Note 5.

Samsung had more than enough devices introduced at this MWC trade show. However, what fans were really after was the new Gear VR Controller. The new controller is the answer of the Korean tech company to Google's Daydream View controller.

The controller provides a Gear VR user a more engaging virtual reality experience and intuitive virtual interactions. It has a trigger that will let a user fire, aim, select, and grab inside the virtual environment. It also has a touchpad that helps you navigate through videos and other actions as well as integrated home, back and volume buttons. The Gear VR controller is powered by two triple A batteries and is more or less 4 inches by 2 inches in size.

Around 70 titles for the new controller are currently in development according to Samsung. Developers will be able to get hold of the SDK for the Gear VR Controller in a few weeks to build more apps and games for it.

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