With the Galaxy Note 7 moving to use a USB-C port, Samsung had to update its Gear VR headset — and it took the opportunity to make some major changes to the headset as a whole. The new headset features interchangeable plugs for connecting USB-C or older Micro-USB Galaxy phones, and a smart system allows you to swap plugs in seconds. The headset itself now has a USB-C port for pass-through charging and even offers data transfer — which is yet to be used but certainly opens the door to the future of VR peripherals.
The latest version of Gear VR is immediately recognizable as it moves from the previous white plastic body to a dark blue and black shell that not only looks sleeker but also reduces light reflections on the inside of the headset next to the lenses. However, this shiny new dark design shouldn’t detract from functional changes made by Samsung.
Those who have bought recently may feel a little dismissive after seeing all the improvements.
The touchpad on the right side is now smoother and easier to navigate, and there’s also a dedicated home button that will quickly take you back to the main interface. The foam padding for your face is even more comfortable, and the straps are now longer and more adjustable for extended use. At the smallest setting, the lenses are now set to a 101-degree field of view, up from 96 degrees in the previous version.
With interchangeable connectors and design changes, the new version of Gear VR will be able to completely replace the previous version, helping to standardize everyone on the same headset in the future, as well as lowering the price.