Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Samsung Gear VR with controller will be available April 21 for $129

Samsung at MWC 2017 introduced the updated Gear VR headset with a wireless controller powered by Oculus, but did not reveal the price and availability details. Now at the Galaxy S8 launch event, the South Korean tech giant revealed both the details.

The new Samsung Gear VR headset with controller will cost $129 and will be available from April 21 in the US. If you already own a Gear VR, than you get just buy the controller separately for $39.

To refresh your memory, the Gear VR's controller sports an ergonomic, curved design, that allows for one-handed control for better motion interaction. It provides various forms of motion like ability to point, drag and drop, tilt, shoot among others for an enhanced gaming experience. The controller has a touchpad, home button, volume and back keys and a wrist wrap to offer a secure grip.

At launch, the controller will be compatible with 20 titles, however, Samsung says it plans to add 50 more games in the coming months.

As far as the updated Gear VR headset is concerned, it features 42mm lenses with 101-degree FOV (field of view) and advanced distortion correction technology to minimize motion sickness. It supports both micro USB and USB Type-C port.

The new Samsung Gear VR weighs 345g and comes in Orchid Gray color, while the Oculus powered controller weighs 64g and comes in Black color. They are compatible with Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+

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