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New Samsung Gear VR for Note 8

Samsung's newest phone needs a slightly-tweaked but otherwise similar VR headset.

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Samsung and Oculus have been partnering on mobile VR for years. The Galaxy Note 8 works with Gear VR, too -- but with a new headset.

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It makes people look the same when they wear it.

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The difference is that the USB-C connector and design are slightly bigger to fit the slightly larger Note 8.

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Like the Gear VR that debuted earlier this year, it comes with a wireless controller that's helpful for pointing and clicking.

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Gear VR's excellent library of apps and games remains the same.

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At $130, the Gear VR isn't super-cheap. 

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The newest Gear VR is backward-compatible to the Galaxy Note 5 and older Galaxy phones, including the S6 and S7.

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But how many Gear VR headsets is one person expected to buy?

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The phone snaps in and out using a USB-C connector port.

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A look at the front of the controller. A large trackpad and dedicated volume buttons are a plus.

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Samsung's newest Galaxy phones also work with Google's Daydream View, offering a mobile VR alternative.

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I still prefer Gear VR, but it's annoying that the Note 8 needs a new headset yet again.

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