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Gear VR dedicated controller leaks out in new renders

by Jacob Kleinman | May 26, 2016May 26, 2016 10:40 am PDT

Samsung’s Gear VR headset may be one of the biggest success stories when it comes to virtual reality. Now the company appears to be kicking things up a notch with a dedicated gaming controller, according to some leaked renders published by Samsung Mania. This device will presumably replace Samsung’s pretty standard wireless gamepad, which is the default option for users with a Gear VR now.

The Gear VR controller looks pretty standard, packing a basic gaming layout and Bluetooth support. You can see a single joystick and four circular buttons in front, along with a menu button and LED power indicator. In back, Samsung included left and right trigger and a Bluetooth sync button in the middle.

The design looks pretty sleek and sports a textured plastic that should feel nice and lightweight in your hands. Samsung even included small indents on either side so you can pop the controller into the Gear VR headset when it’s not in use.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like Samsung will include any sort of motion tracking sensors with the controller. That would make it possible to interact directly with objects in virtual reality, instead of simply offering a traditional gaming interface. Then again, the company could still surprise us.

This is just a rumor, though, and we still don’t know when this alleged controller will launch or how much it will cost. Assuming it’s real, it could arrive pretty soon. Maybe even in time for the new Galaxy Note 7 phablet, which is expected to get an updated Gear VR headset to match its new dimensions.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...