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Samsung's Gear VR gets a controller

A new version of the headset comes with a Controller accessory that should make navigation, gameplay and exploration a heckuva lot easier.

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Samsung Gear VR with Controller: Unbelievably, this is the name of Samsung's latest version of its Gear VR headset...

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...and yep, it comes with a controller. You hold it in your hand while using the Gear VR.

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There's a trigger button up front...

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As well as buttons for volume, Back and Home, and a touchpad.

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The touchpad clicks when you press down.

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You'll be able to use the controller as an alternative to the headset keys when exploring virtual landscapes.

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The latest Gear VR for 2017 comes bundled with the Controller, but you can also use the accessory separately with earlier models.

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And of course, there are still the headset's buttons and touchpad, which do the same.

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