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Carmack Promises Fixes for S7 Gear VR Support Following Early Launch

It’s been a long few weeks of waiting for many virtual reality (VR) fans, but those that pre-ordered Samsung’s latest smartphones, the Galaxy S7 flagship model and its curved companion, the Galaxy S7 Edge, should finally be getting their orders in the mail, along with a free Gear VR virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) to run it with. Those that did pre-order were promised three days of early access to the kit before a wider release on 11th March 2016. It appears that Gear VR co-creator Oculus VR wasn’t aware of that early access period, however.

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One VR fan that already got their hands on the kit recently approached Oculus VR CTO John Carmack via Twitter. They noted that, although the phone wasn’t likely to overheat, the experience provided more judder than that of the Galaxy Note 4 version of the Gear VR, which is now two generations old. Carmack’s reply promised and update in the near future that will fix this issue, likely before the full launch of the kit. “There will be a VRSVC update with some fixes soon,” he said. “S7 wasn’t supposed to launch until 3/11…”

It looks like Oculus VR wasn’t aware of the early access period that some customers would be taking advantage of, then. On paper, the Galaxy S7’s upgraded hardware should make so an even smoother VR experience than the current generation of phones that support the Gear VR, so hopefully this issue can be resolved soon.

Stay tuned to VRFocus for more on Gear VR.