Samsung Announces April 21 Launch Date for New Gear VR Headset with Controller

Posted Thu Mar 30, 2017 at 01:30 PM PDT by
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The 2017 edition of the Gear VR with new controller will be available next month.

Samsung has announced pricing and availability for the latest version of its Gear VR. The new model with controller will be available on April 21 for $130. Likewise, customers will also be able to purchase the controller separately that same day for $40.

"At Samsung, we are focused on setting and exceeding the standard for VR experiences, making them even more accessible and delivering the highest in quality," said Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. "The Gear VR with Controller expands our VR ecosystem to help consumers get more engaged and immersed in VR content – whether it’s games or videos."

The Gear VR headset features 42mm lenses with a 101-degree FOV (Field of View), and advanced distortion correction technology to minimize motion sickness. The device supports both micro USB and USB Type-C port with a converter in-box. In addition, the 2017 headset comes with a new controller for better motion interaction along with a strap to hold it in place when not in use.

Here's a rundown of key features for the controller per Samsung:

Various Motion Input for a Better VR Experience: The Touchpad provides quicker selection and interaction in VR apps, enabling various forms of motion, including the ability to point, drag and drop, tilt, shoot, among other actions, while the Trigger allows for enhanced gaming experiences.

Minimized Movement for Long-time Use: The Home, Volume and Back keys located on the Controller give users everything they need in easy reach so that they can keep their focus on immersive content.

A Secure Grip for Comfortable Play: Even during the most active movements, the Controller’s wrist strap offers a secure grip for comfortable and secure play.

The new Gear VR with Controller is compatible with the Galaxy S8, S8+, S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6 and S6 edge. Customers can also use the controller with previous versions of the Gear VR headset, including the 2016 Samsung Gear VR model which is currently available for $80. 

Source: Samsung

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