Samsung helped usher within the premium cellular VR expertise a couple of years in the past with the debut of the Gear VR headset. In the time since, that headset has advanced barely to supply higher viewing angles, improved comfort, and of course, to accommodate new devices from the corporate. As we strategy the discharge of the Galaxy S8, it appears like Samsung is on the brink of convey a new headset to the desk, this time with a devoted controller.
One of the few flaws of the Gear VR headset is the shortage of management. While the experiences are stronger than different VR platforms, the controls aren’t far more highly effective than one thing like Google Cardboard. Control is likely one of the areas the place Google’s Daydream View VR headset stands out, with an included, wireless controller that works together with the headset. Now, it seems to be like Samsung needs to do the identical factor.
Roland Quandt, an editor at WinFuture and notorious leaker on Twitter, reported that Samsung is at present engaged on the SM-R234, a barely refreshed Gear VR headset constructed to accommodate the upcoming Galaxy S8 household. Aesthetically, this gained’t be any totally different in comparison with the headset bought with the Galaxy S7, however it can apparently ship with a “single hand controller.”
Clearly, Samsung goes for one thing that resembles Google’s compact controller for Daydream, and I can’t blame them. Google’s efforts right here have resulted in a clean and satisfying VR expertise, and bringing the identical performance to Samsung’s expertise will solely enhance among the best cellular VR choices available on the market.
Hopefully, we’ll study a little extra about this refresh alongside the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 within the next couple of months…