There was much excitement when Samsung announced that there would be a new controller peripheral for the Gear VR headset. Some developers quickly followed up be saying their upcoming titles would support the new controller. Now the wait is over, as the new Gear VR headset and controller are now available.
From today, the new Samsung Gear VR will be available bundled with the controller, or for those users who already own a Gear VR, the controller will be available separately for a price of $39 (USD). The full bundle will cost $129.
More than 20 Gear VR videogame titles that are compatible with the controller are available from the Oculus Store, including titles such as Drop Dead, A Night Sky and SingSpace. More than 50 titles are also due to be released in coming months which will all feature controller support.
The mobile virtual reality (VR) platform powered by Oculus has also received an update. Oculus Home has been completely rebuilt to reduce load on the Smartphones that power the Gear Vr experience. In addition, Ovulus Avatars are now available on Gear VR, so your avatar can follow you from game to game, and even across platforms from Oculus Rift to Gear VR and back.
The Oculus Browser will also be available on Gear VR from today, which is an integrated app that allows for web searches directly from within Oculus Home.
Further information is available on the Oculus Blog, along with a list of controller compatible titles.
VRFocus will bring you further updates on the Gear VR once they become available.