In the wake of some recent hiccups that could even be perceived as weaknesses, Samsung went back to the metaphorical gym and emerged stronger than ever. In addition to upcoming releases like the Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones and the new Gear 360 camera, Samsung has also announced a new Gear VR with Controller powered by Oculus. With that Controller in the picture for the first time, Samsung is claiming that users will be masters of their virtual domains like never before.
Optimisation was the key goal during development of the new Samsung Gear VR. Thanks to the Controller, users can experience improved motion interaction within their given VR ecosystem. When paired with improved graphics and a vicarious reduction in jerky head movement, the result is a convenient and enjoyable VR experience offering greater control over the action.
The Controller itself was designed with only the best ergonomics in mind. It features a curved body and Secure Grip that fits perfectly and comfortably in the palm and delivers effortless one-hand usability. Should things get wild inside the game, the Controller includes a wrist strap to ensure it doesn’t go flying across the room just as the enemy encroaches. Also incorporated on the Controller are a Touchpad and Trigger that allow users to perform a slew of actions including (but not limited to) pointing, tilting and shooting. On the back of the Controller are functional buttons that handle things like volume and back keys.
Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, had this to say about Samsung’s latest: “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. 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.”
Joining the new Controller on Gear VR is an enhanced viewing experience that’s earning some early rave reviews from enthusiasts and bloggers. To achieve such brilliant performance, Samsung employed 42mm lenses, 101-degree field of view and state of the art distortion correction, meaning ideally a drastic reduction in motion sickness. The Samsung Gear VR with Controller is compatible with Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6 and S6 edge. We will presume that the new Gear VR is also compatible with the new S8 and S8+, especially since some reports are claiming Samsung will provide it free with a pre-order of their latest smartphone.