Just ahead of Samsung’s on-stage announcement at the company’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) press conference today, Oculus VR revealed the new redesign of the Samsung Gear VR. Moreover, the company also announced a new input solution to rival the Google Daydream’s controller, for which it has been revealed that ‘more than 70 new controller titles are already in development’.
The new controller, aesthetically lying somewhere between the aforementioned Google Daydream controller and the HTC Vive’s motion-controller, features a touchpad, trigger, home and back buttons plus volume control, and is designed to be operated with just one hand. There’s currently no word on whether or not the controller supports motion input, such as the limited but appreciated 3DOF tracking offered by Google Daydream.
Additionally, the new controller features a touchpad which supports compatibility with existing Samsung Gear VR software, which according to Oculus VR will allow for a library of more than 550 titles to be offered from day one. More details on the new Samsung Gear VR controller are set to be announced at Samsung Unpacked, taking place 29th March 2017, though with both MWC and the Game Developers Conference (GDC) taking place this week VRFocus will of course keep you updated with any further details revealed.