Oculus pulls Gear VR support for Samsung Note 7 'until further notice'

This news follows Samsung's announcement that it is shutting down sales of its trouble phone/tablet device. 


Oculus no longer supports Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 for use with its mobile Gear VR headset, according to a statement on the company's website (via UploadVR).

"Customer safety is our top priority. Oculus is removing support for all Note7 devices on the Oculus platform. Until further notice, Note7 devices will not be compatible with the Gear VR."

That Oculus  news doesn't come as a surprise. Over the past month, reports of Note 7 devices catching fire and exploding have surfaced. Samsung recalled original units and issue replacements. However, numerous replacement units have combusted as well.

Samsung released a statement yesterday saying it has ceased production and sales of the Galaxy Note 7 worldwide. The company went even further: on its website explaining the recall, it stressed that Note 7 owners "need" to either get a refund or exchange their device.

The US Consumer Product Safety Division supported Samsung's decision to suspend sales. Representatives from the CPSD are investigating the issues plaguing Note 7 devices.

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    October 11, 2016 1:40 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Oculus pulls Gear VR support for Samsung Note 7 'until further notice'

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      October 11, 2016 1:47 PM

      What a mess. I feel like someone else screwed up a device almost this bad in recent years but don't remember who it was so maybe not.

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        October 11, 2016 2:57 PM

        Although not a safety hazard the xbox 360 possibly had over a 20% failure rate if not higher. In my immediate circle of people I locally know it has a 100% failure rate. At this point I don't think any of them have a working 360, and have since moved on to a PS4 or the Xbone.

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      October 11, 2016 1:54 PM

      They're only doing that TODAY???? So for the last month they were fine with people placing an explosive device on their fucking faces??

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        October 11, 2016 2:31 PM

        It wasn't clear until recently that the 'fixed' Note 7's were still dangerous.

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