Samsung launched a new Gear VR with a touch controller alongside the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus. The controller was launched during MWC and aimed at providing convenience while using VR apps and games. The controller alone is priced at $39(roughly Rs.2,500) and $129(roughly Rs.8,300)when paired with the Gear VR. It will available starting April 21 in the US.
The Gear VR controller sports a curved design which offers users convenient one hand control and provides better motion interaction with minimal head movement. Also, there is a Home, Back and Volume buttons in the front, with the addition of a trackpad. The touchpad provides quicker selection and interaction within the apps supporting VR. The sensors present on the device include an accelerometer, gyroscope and a magnetic sensor. The controller is powered by two AAA batteries and claims to let upto 40 days with two hours of daily usage.
The South-Korean company has introduced new VR web browser and videos that required an app to play, can now be played from the Home Screen. Also, Oculus has also made some changes to the Gear VR Home Screen and it comes with an avatar system that lets you choose an avatar for games. Oculus claims that the Home Screen loads thrice as fast and sports twice the resolution. It also claims that the home screen uses 30% lesser battery.
Samsung has started taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus and users who pre order will get a free Gear VR headset bundled. Alongside, Samsung is also selling a promo ‘gift box’ which sells for $99. The package includes a Gear VR, pair of AKG Bluetooth headphones and a 256 GB microSD card.