Samsung Announces a New Gear VR Headset with a Controller

Posted by at 10:41 am on February 27, 2017

Samsung has announced a new version of its Gear VR headset, along with a controller.

Controllers dramatically help the VR experience by allowing people to interact with a wider range of content when exploring new worlds. Samsung says the controller includes home, volume, and back keys and features a comfortable grip so it is easy to hold securely.

“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,” said Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “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.”

The controller attaches to a strap on the headset for safekeeping when not in use. The Gear VR headset has 42mm lenses with 101-degree field of view and distortion correction to help minimize motion sickness.

It supports both micro USB and USB Type-C ports. Samsung didn’t list the price nor mention the release date.

New Samsung Gear VR Product Specifications

Samsung Gear VR with Controller

  • Dimension / Weight 207.8 x 122.5 x 98.6mm / 345g
  • Optical Lens Φ42, FOV 101º x6.25
  • Sensor Accelerometer, Gyrometer, Proximity
  • Compatibility  Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge

Controller

  • Dimension / Weight    108.1 x 48.1 x 38.2mm / 64.3g
  • Control & Function   Touchpad (Clickable), Trigger, Home Key, Back Key, Volume Key
  • Sensor  Accelerometer, Gyrometer, Magnetic
  • Battery   AAA Battery * 2ea (1000mAh, average 2 hours’ daily use will last for 40 days)

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