New Samsung Gear VR and Controller Coming for $129

If you have Gear VR already, the controller will be sold separately, and it all becomes available next month.


Samsung has held a leadership role in mobile VR space, with its Gear VR, but the space is getting more crowded, especially after Google announced its Daydream and a sensing remote last year and then opened it up to all VR developers this year. Samsung responded at today's Galaxy S8 event with the unveiling of a new Gear VR and controller, coming April 21 for $129.

While the new unit combo is much less than Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, it still runs a bit more than the old Gear VR and the Daydream, which ran for $80. However, the controller appears to be an upgrade over the Daydream one, as it comes with a good trackpad and trigger button on the back, making it fairly ergonomic in the player's hand.

In addition, Oculus has improved its Oculus Home experience for Samsung, with quicker loading and clearer resolution. A VR web browser has also been added, which is actually readable while using the headset. 

Finally, Oculus has said that when the unit launches next month, there will be 20 compatible games, with 50 more planned to arrive a few months later.

If you already have a Gear VR and don't want to upgrade, you can buy the controller separately for $39.

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