Named a Mashable Choice for 2017, the latest Samsung Gear VR features a new controller along with a series of improvements that create what CNN calls a “more believable, you-are-there experience." The 3rd-generation device, which works with the Samsung Galaxy S6, S7 and S8 smartphones as well as the Note 5, offers improved resolution, faster load times and longer battery life than previous versions.
Here are 4 key features of the improved Samsung Gear VR:
1. Well-designed, responsive controls: “The controller is the biggest upgrade to [the new] Gear VR, and offers a more immersive experience in mobile VR,” Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI) reports. The controller’s motion detector tracks movements up, down and side to side, while the large touchpad and trigger button allow users to select, drag, drop, point, lift and move with lifelike agility. Ultimately, GHI testers found the controller’s design “very comfortable to hold and a much easier option than reaching up to use the controls on the side of the headset.”