Samsung is prepping to launch an updated version of its Gear VR alongside its Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus smartphones. A recent leak had revealed that the Gear VR may come with a dedicated wireless controller. Now, a similar looking controller has passed through F.C.C certification thereby verifying the existence of the same.
The one handed controller with a model no ET-YO324 comes with a number of keys including action buttons, front button and a rubberized analog stick. Besides there’s a LED indicator located to the centre of the controller. The sketch of the wireless controller shared with F.C.C confirms that the device can be easily attached on to the body of the Gear VR. Apparently, it seems to be quite similar to the wireless controller that comes bundled in with Google’s Daydream VR.
The presence of a dedicated wireless controller is expected to help improve out-of-the-box gaming performance of the new Gear VR. With the last year’s headset, one had to buy an additional Bluetooth controller for playing complex games. This was highly inconvenient.
The main unit of the Gear VR looks eerily similar to its predecessor. Almost every design aspect has been kept identical with the last generation model, except for a new front cover to accommodate the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. Popular tipster Roland Quandt, has also disclosed that the new Gear VR will come with a model number SM-R324. This is in line with the model no SM-R323 of last year’s Gear VR.
While the leaked renders and rumors reveal a lot about the upcoming headset, nothing can be taken for granted. Last year too, the final product that got launched was quite different from the renders of the headset leaked via F.C.C. And Samsung may eventually decide to do something similar this year too. That aside, the pricing of neither the Gear VR and the wireless controller are known so far.