Samsung Gear VR Gets Refreshed at MWC 2017; Comes With Touch Controller

Samsung Gear VR Gets Refreshed at MWC 2017; Comes With Touch Controller


  • The new Gear VR comes with a strap to hold controller
  • The controller helps users in navigating through VR apps and games
  • The controller provides users with more interaction options within the ap

Samsung has launched the latest version of its Oculus-powered Gear VR headset at MWC 2017 and for the first time around, the South Korean company has introduced a VR controller that goes along with the headset. The new controller is aimed at providing users with convenience while interacting with the user interface in VR apps and games with the help of the headset.

The South Korean conglomerate says that the curved design of the newly introduced Gear VR controller offers users with convenient one-hand control and provides better motion interaction with minimised head movement. The touchpad on the motion controller provides quicker selection and interaction within VR apps. With the controller, users get the ability to “point, drag and drop, tilt, shoot, among other actions, while the Trigger allows for enhanced gaming experiences,” the company said. The Home, Volume and Back keys located on the controller help users to navigate easily within the interface.

“At Samsung, we are focused on setting and exceeding the standard for VR experiences, making them even more accessible and delivering the highest in quality,” Younghee Lee, executive vice president of mobile communications business at Samsung Electronics, was quoted as saying in company’s blog post. “The Gear VR with Controller expands our VR ecosystem to help consumers get more engaged and immersed in VR content – whether it’s games or videos,” Lee said.

The Gear VR with controller offers 42mm lenses with 101-degree FOV (Field of View) and “advanced distortion correction technology” to minimize users’ motion sickness. The Samsung Gear VR with Controller will support both Micro-USB and USB Type-C port with a converter in-box. Further, the new Gear VR comes with a strap on the headset that allows it to hold the controller when it is not being used.

The new Gear VR with controller is compatible with Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones. You can find the full specifications of the new Gear VR over here.

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Steam Now Supports PS4’s DualShock 4 Controller

Steam Now Supports PS4's DualShock 4 Controller


  • Support includes the touchpad and gyroscope of the controller
  • Company announced update in October
  • Update brings along a new mode called “Joystick Mouse”

In October, Valve announced that the company will be releasing an update for its Steam client that will provide it with full configuration of the DualShock 4 controller. Now, with the latest update to its client, the company has finally provided it with Steam Configuration support for the PS4 controller, including the use of touchpad as well as gyroscope.

This effectively means that all of PS4 DualShock 4 controller’s buttons, its touchpad, the joysticks etc. can now be assigned to particular functions inside the Steam client. The company has clarified that the PS4 controller will have access to all those APIs that Steam’s own controller has access to.

“When enabled, PS4 controllers will have access to the same sort of customization/configuration support as Steam Controllers, including native API support. PS4 Controllers using this system can map the trackpad, gyro, buttons, etc. to keyboard, mouse, or x-input outputs and can make use of action sets, touch menus, radial menus, and so forth,” Valve said in its release note.

The Steam client update further brings along support for the LED colour lighting in the controllers and allows users to change the colour or adjust the brightness from the app itself. Valve has added a new mode called “Joystick Mouse” with the latest update. “This is a joystick based mouse control useful for stick based controllers,” the company said. The support for the controller can be enabled from the Big Picture settings inside the app.”Individual games can opt out of using Steam Configuration support for the PS4 controller under each game’s Controller Settings. If a game has native PS4 support this allows it to continue to be recognised directly,” Valve said in its post.

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