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Everything that's new in Samsung's Gear VR headset (pictures)

USB-C, a wider viewing angle, better navigation, additional face padding and more. Here's everything you need to know about Samsung's new VR headset.

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The $99 Samsung Gear VR has recieved a slight update.

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The headset is all black (including on the inside), rather than the white-and-black Panda-pattern of previous designs.

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It connects to the Galaxy Note 7 through USB-C...

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The viewing angle has been expanded from 96 degrees to 101 degrees for a more immersive experience and reduced tunnel vision (honestly, I couldn't tell the difference in the demo).

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...But don't worry. There's a Micro USB dongle in the box to work with the Galaxy S7 and older devices.

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The padding around the eyes has also been beefed up to make the headset more comfortable.

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There's a second USB-C port at the top of the device. Samsung teased that this is for "future accessories".

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The touchpad on the side is now flat, not recessed like before. There's also an Oculus Home button to quickly bring you back to the Oculus home screen (previously you had to long press the back button).

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Here's a view of the front of the device.

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It takes only a couple of seconds to connect the phone and begin experiencing VR.

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We tested the Gear VR on a gyrating skateboard. Here's CNET editor Jessica Dolcourt.

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The skateboard moved left to right, up and down, and vibrated as we traveled down a steep hill.

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Jessica had fun, but it did make her a little nauseous.

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The new Gear VR will begin shipping on August 19 for $99, which is the same price as last year's model. Preorders start today.

Find out more about the headset here.

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