Monday, February 27, 2017

Samsung’s Gear VR headset gets a sorely-needed motion controller

Samsung announced a motion controller for the Gear VR during Mobile World Congress, at last addressing the headset’s biggest problem. The controller resembles a pared-down version of the HTC Vive remote (or a slightly more powerful Google Daydream one). On the front, you get home, back and volume buttons, as well as a clickable trackpad. On the rear, there’s a trigger button. Inside you have an accelerometer, gyrometer, and magnetic sensor. It’s powered by two AAA batteries, which can supposedly provide 40 days of battery life with two hours of daily use. There’s also a strap on the new headset to…

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