Monday, April 3, 2017

2017 Samsung Gear VR controller price; available for order in Europe

The 2017 Gear VR's controller is already showing up at some Samsung Europe pages.

Excluding Google Cardboard, the Samsung Gear VR is the most popular VR system at the moment, with over 5 million units sold.  However, it faces a challenge from Google Dayrdream, Google's premium mobile VR headset.  Among other things, Daydream has a motion controller allowing for a more immersive means of interaction in games.

In response to Daydream, Samsung announced at MWC 2017 that the 2017 Gear VR would have a motion controller as well.  Other than the controller, the 2017 Gear VR is identical to the 2016 Gear VR (reviewed here).  In fact, Samsung has said that users who already have a Gear VR can buy the controller separately.

The controller is now starting to appear in some Samsung Europe webpages.  Here is the controller's page on the Samsung Germany webpage.  Samsung Switzerland is already offering the controller for preorder for CHF 45.  This likely means that the US price will be around $45.

I'm curious to see how well the market receives the new controller.  Thank you very much to Sven Neuhaus for bringing this to my attention!

5 comments:

  1. [IMG]http://i65.tinypic.com/k9ulxg.jpg[/IMG]
    Got it today!

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    1. http://i67.tinypic.com/14xgm77.jpg

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    2. Congratulations! Are there any games for it yet? How do you like it?

      Best regards,
      Mic

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    3. No, there aren't any, at least that I've seen so far.
      Physically it's really nice, I love the way it feels, like a mini Vive controller- until you use it that is (Only used it in Oculus home so far). Instinctively I want it to move and track like a Touch controller or Vive controller, but of course it doesn't, just rotation. But it is still way more useful and natural feeling than the touchpad on the headset.
      I got it as a developer, so I'm digging into the sdk tonight to get something working, see what I can do with it.
      Cheers, Brian

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    4. Also really wish it was rechargeable, using AAA batteries in this day and age seems a little archaic. But at least they're easy to replace.

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