Samsung was ahead of most of the manufacturers launching a Virtual Reality glasses for smartphones in late 2015, and Google launched its own Daydream View glasses last year.
Samsung seems to be preparing the successor to Gear VR, or at least that’s what it looks like if we look at a document from the US FCC certification authority and a leak from Roland Quandt.
Samsung Gear VR SM-R324 is coming – same as SM-R323 for S7, but gets different front cover to hold Galaxy S8 – and a single hand controller.
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) February 20, 2017
The new Gear VR will include a handheld controller, which is also photographed in the FCC documentation. Using this controller will open the door to games and other apps that require more advanced controls than a touch panel in the glasses.
For the moment we do not have more information, although Quandt indicates that the new glasses will be compatible with Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus (as expected). As for the launch, it could be that they arrived with the Galaxy S8 on March 29. With the Samsung Galaxy S8, the Gear VR will take a step forward for a more complete virtual reality.
So far they have not intended to play with the Gear VR in the same league as HTC Live or Oculus Rift, but with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 everything points that the South Korean firm will make a major leap forward in the realm of virtual reality.
It is still unknown what will be the technical specifications of this command, and what will be its design, but we can count on it will open the door to new video games such as driving simulators.